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PROFESSIONAL IDENTITIES AND PRACTICE STYLES My aim in this assignment is to outline the factors I consider have been important to my development as a teacher From these I hope to identify my professional identity within teaching and trace the development of my style To assist me with this task I have chosen to analyse a critical incident which occurred whilst I was teaching This incident caused me to analyse my ability and development as a teacher and therefore helped shape my professional identity and practice style to what it is today Our approach to teaching is a highly complex process which requires us to understand the theories of learning our ideological view of our role as a teacher our particular learning context our subject the environment and the background and expectations of our students Armitage et al 1999 p76 For the past 15 years I have been a Physical Training Instructor and therefore involved heavily in the practice of teaching My pupils have been both military and civilian and I have taught many subjects both theoretically and practically I feel confident teaching and felt that I had come across most of the likely situations a teacher experiences both in and out of the classroom I had always empathised well with my pupils and could enthuse the unmotivated I placed motivation enthusiasm and professionalism high on my agenda had lots of experience in both fields and was happy to switch between coaching and teaching if and when the need arose In November 1998 I was given the enviable task of instructing 10 adolescent boys at HMS Raleigh These young lads who were between thirteen and fifteen had been identified by the Police due to their involvement in petty crime I introduced myself to the group and explained what I required from them I emphasised the importance of commitment from them if they were to get the maximum from the two
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