Better teaching: Teacher training
|Why trainee teachers get a raw deal||My blog post from a few years back|
|Review of BBC3's Tough Youg Teachers||From Tom Bennett, writing for tes.co.uk|
|We Need to Rewrite the Textbook on How to Teach Teachers - (in America)||Link||From bigthink.com|
|Learning About Learning.
The report cited in the link above
|Link||"We have been consistently frustrated by the lack of discussion in many of these textbooks of teaching strategies that are backed up by strong evidence, and by a frequent overemphasis on strategies for which evidence is anecdotal at best. "
Report from National Council on Teacher Quality
|Do We Have a Teacher-Prep Problem?||Blogpost from an American High-school perspective (Peter deWitt) but much of it applies here also.|
|What do teacher preparation programs actually teach?||Classroom management doesn't feature too highly. Blogpost from Jacob Waters (American: does the same apply here?|
|The Role of US Physics Departments in High School Teacher Education||"Many physics departments convey to their students (often unintentionally) the message that teaching is a second-class career option." Ouch!
|To improve our schools, we need to make it harder to become a teacher.||A vew from the United States. References the contrast between there Finland|
|Bill Gates: Teachers need real feedback||Until recently, many teachers only got one word of feedback a year: “satisfactory.” Actually we don't even get that.|
|Standards ‘still high’ at teacher training courses||From the Irish Examiner|
|" . . . at some stage during their first year, every one of them considered leaving teaching."||Link||Report on the experiences of new teachers. From tes.co.uk|
|Are Tenured Professors Better Classroom Teachers?||"We find consistent evidence that students learn relatively more from non-tenure line professors in their introductory courses."
There's a Cheaper, More Effective Way to Train Teachers
|Why school systems across the United Stataes should adopt an apprenticeship model. From theatlantic.com|
|Overview of the debate on Qualified Teacher Status in England||From headguruteacher.com|
|Roxanna Elden: Myth of the Super Teacher||YouTube. 13 mins|
|Unfortunately teacher-training is very much tied to relgion in many of our colleges, particularly at Primary Level||Still in the Dark Ages in so many ways. Opinion Piece in The Irish Times from Fintan O' Toole|
|"Policy on the continuum of teacher education"||Policy paper waffle from the Teaching Council. pdf|
|Do not, I repeat NOT, go in all guns firing||It will backfire. YouTube skit. 3 mins|