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The Education of our Educators

November 25, 2010 4 comments

As I was browsing through random articles tonight, I found an interesting blog posting on The Huffington Post.  It discussed some recent comments by Education Secretary Arne Duncan.  It looked at the idea of making teacher training like med school, in the sense of the idea of residences.  The idea is that education students would be observe and work more in schools near their college/university throughout the college years.

This is a great idea, but wait, don’t most places already do this?  I know when I was in college I had to obtain a minimum of twenty observation hours per semester.  Often I exceeded this since I enjoyed working with some of the teachers.  As I have been teaching for a few years now I have been honored to have college students from different places observe and teach in my class.

The article does discuss that students say their programs failed to prepare them for their classrooms.  This is probably true in any college program though.  It is hard to actually prepare anyone to be one their own in any job field, teaching especially.  Some of the parts of teaching is learned through ones own mistakes and successes.  Teaching is not a controlled environment where ever situation is the same and is handled in the same manner.  Also, when future-teacher walks into a classroom, its atmosphere has already been created by the main teacher.  That future-teacher will more then likely not run into the problems of a poorly ran classroom.

The merit and point of this article is great.  Getting teachers more experience in the classroom is a great way to prepare them for the future, but I am not sure the med school way of doing this is the best.  Unfortunately sometimes student teachers and teachers themselves need to get a few bumps and bruises before they learn their teaching method.  That in essence though is the main root of learning.  We make our mistakes and get better from it.  If we do not allow our future teachers to do the same, they will just imitate instead of becoming great!

Sources:

Belmont, Fred. “Teaching Teachers a Better Way.” The Huffington Post. V, 23 Nov. 2010. Web. 24 Nov. 2010. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/fred-belmont/teaching-teachers-a-bette_b_787743.html&gt;.

Photo Courtesy of Maggie Smith, http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/

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School Geek Squad

June 25, 2010 2 comments

I have been busy lately trying to find new and innovative ideas for my classroom.  But my latest idea came as I drove 20 miles to work on a friends fax machine.  How cool would it be if a high school ran their own version of the Best Buy “Geek Squad.”  It would be kind of like a work release program.  Students could get credit for going out into the community to help people for simple computer problems.  It would be a great way to get them experience and an assist to the community.

I know someone out there is thinking, won’t this take jobs away from computer repair businesses, but I do not think it would.  They would be fixing or solving basic level problems, ones that someone does not want to pay someone a hundred dollars to fix.  Also, this would be a great way for those businesses to find their future employees!  I have a meeting in two weeks with a couple of my districts tech people, and this is an idea I will surely bring up.