Teacher Training

Ted Nellen (tnellen@MBHS.BERGTRAUM.K12.NY.US)
Tue, 26 Nov 1996 11:47:29 -0500

Roger et al,

The conference was certainly food for "thought"...

On the subject of teacher training I would like to open the discussion on
some matters to be considered:
1. Teacher training done in the traditional after school workshop or
during vacation time is useless.
2. Teacher training should be done in a classroom with an experienced
teacher and a class actually doing the thing for which the teacher is
being trained.
3. Use student interns to assist the teacher trainee in the techno stuff
while the teacher handles the coursework.

These are three premises upon which I would start my argument about
teacher training.

In my experience, the workshops are not real time experiences. In the
truest form of constructivism, we learn by doing, so I have found that
the most effective method in training is to "throw them in the pool."
While the teacher trainees are working in the class along side the
experinced teacher the trainee can see actual problems solved, see the
integration of curriculum and web, and can come to understand this new
pedagogy first hand rather than in theory or in testimonials etc etc.
Blah blah blah doesn't work, getting one's hands dirty does. Anther
important element in the equation is the use of experienced student
interns to assist in the techno stuff in all computer related classes.
It helps the intern learn more, it is peer assistance, and it takes the
burden away from the techno-phobic teacher who really wants to use the
computer but has trepidations.

These are some "thoughts" I have on this topic and I am interested in its
further disc ussion. It has become a hot topic on a couple of lists I
read regularly.

So I "thought" twice.

Ted 8-)

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