I want to know how standardized testing has affected you. It doesn’t matter if you’re a student, student teacher, K-12 or college educator. The link above will take you to an open Google Doc where you can share your thoughts. If enough responses come in, I’ll follow-up with some highlights in a day or two.
Done and done.
Holy cow, guys, this thing’s going on 13 pages of writing! Anyone else want to weigh in?
I know my cruddy preview description here is pretty, well, cruddy. But this is a very good article that links out to some other good resources as well. If you’re an educator, please read this, bookmark it, then share it with the people you work with. But not Larry. Screw that guy.
What if teacher education were done by master teachers who currently work in schools (perhaps part-time, perhaps full-time with assistance), who could supervise all aspects of the teacher’s internship?
Say a master teacher obtains accreditation to take on three interns at a time, and charges them $10,000 or $20,000 each (or better yet, charges a third party such as a school district or foundation). Over the course of the year, this master teacher supervises their teaching, reviews and provides feedback on their academic work, and ensures that they emerge from the program ready to teach.
All of the content that’s currently taught on college campuses could be delivered online, Khan-Academy style, and the candidates’ work could be scored by the mentor teacher, who can make better connections to their daily teaching practice.
Here are just two of the resources they list. Click through for the rest:
1. Curriki.org is an online community for educators and students to create, share, rate, recommend, and publish free and open learning resources. Many activities are aligned to the Common Core Standards, currently adopted by more than 40 states.
2. Shmoop is a very imaginative online learning community that deftly wields witty prose and artsy aesthetic to destroy the forces of boredom. They offer free and open resources primarily in history, literature, and social sciences.
A fantastic personal story and introduction to Universal Design. There are even resources listed at the end to help you continue learning. At the least, make this your weekend read.
All students, with or without disabilities, have different strengths and weaknesses. Early on, it was clear to me that I had a wide range of abilities in the room. Some students started out unable to consistently construct full sentences, while others were already writing complex prose. Some students raised their hand frequently to answer questions, while others preferred to stay quiet. When we did reading assignments during class, everyone read at different speeds. Some youth demonstrated they understood the material on quizzes, but then struggled with applying those concepts to their essays.
When I get up in front of the class, to which student am I teaching?
YouTube Video Quizzes: Using the annotations feature on YouTube (which allows for text boxes), create a multiple-choice quiz with different video responses based on how the student answers. Students answer by clicking on a hyperlinked option in the annotation box, and the link takes them to a video response. This will require filming a response for incorrect answers (“This answer is wrong because…”) as well as correct answers. Teachers could use this as a “question of the day” exercise or put together longer pieces for a test format.
Disclaimer: I stopped linking to articles at this site (eSchoolNews.com) a ways back because they have a tendency to use a lot of ads, as well as distribute their content over several pages (e.g. this top ten list is spread across seven pages—totally unnecessary in the age of the web). Be advised that you’ll have to click-through. I wouldn’t break my embargo if I didn’t think this one was worth it, however. There are some great teacher quotes in here. I also recommend visiting after you install AdBlock Plus.
Having said that, here’s the first myth:
1. Those who can’t do, teach.
“The one misconception I would like to clarify is around the phrase, ‘Those who can cannot do, teach.’ While many educators are active contributors to the particular area in which they have domain expertise (i.e. Science, Language Arts, History), K-12 educators … have committed themselves to developing skills in how to engage and foster growth of young people around the content and processes that comprise that area of expertise. It is the very special practitioner [who] makes a good educator; however, good educators need to have enough knowledge of their areas of expertise to cultivate excitement, curiosity, and spark the passion to commit to a vocation or avocation. Maybe a better phrase is, ‘Those who teach create those who do.’” —Michael Jay
“One of my favorites is, ‘Those who can’t, teach.’ Teachers must be well educated in their field of study, of course, but that is only the beginning. Teachers need much pedagogical preparation on topics including educational psychology, classroom management, assessment, curriculum instruction, communication skills, and budgeting. And that is all before a teacher steps into a classroom. The requirements for a qualified teacher include all of the skills needed for the 21st-century workplace.” —Mary Montag, teacher, St. Teresa’s Academy