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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Teachers Not Being Taught

Per National Council on Teacher Quality education schools are not teaching new teachers "effective reading". Kate Walsh, NCTQ President says:

Most colleges and universities are "either turning their backs on the science or have abdicated their responsibility to prepare teachers to be effective teachers of reading.

With a child in kindergarten in a public school, I can vouch for that first-hand.

One of the expected but scary discoveries was:

Teacher educators make too few demands on their students. Research papers that encourage or require aspiring teachers to present anyone’s perspective other than their own are a rarity. In a randomly selected subsample of 75 syllabi, only eight (11 percent) courses required any sort of research paper. Most writing assignments generally call for the students’ own feelings and observations. The most common assignment is a "literacy memoir," which asks students to reflect on how they themselves learned to read as young children.

Further, no effort to develop practical application of knowledge is evident. Students rarely have to demonstrate their knowledge by writing and delivering lesson plans that apply the tools of reading instruction in a classroom setting.

Many professors place more emphasis on keeping their courses fun than on learning.

Read more at the link above. Thanks to Joanne Jacobs' blog for this item.

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