Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jun 24 2012

Besides your classroom, how did you learn to teach?

Is there a place for the stories of teach for us beyond chronologically organized blogs? Are they important enough to collect, edit and publish? Is there something to learn here?

I realized that I have a lot of freedom to take the courses I choose in graduate school because I finished my requirements.

I’m wondering about taking creative non-fiction from the English department. I read research articles frequently and find them exceptionally helpful in understanding student thinking. I know that teachers are rarely, if ever, exposed to these articles, even in teacher prep programs.

I know other teachers love reading teach for us blogs and get insight and encouragement from these pages.

Has anyone else thought that we need the Teach for Us book? Do you think our stories are relevant to the education discussion?

To what extent can teachers learn from narrative accounts of instruction? Does insight need to be packed in hard to access academic writing?

Obviously experience is the best teacher-but I know that so many people want to learn the summer before they start teaching and get new insights as they go. Besides your own classroom where have you learned the most?

2 Responses

  1. hill

    Watching great teachers has been the most beneficial thing for me to do. I know it’s difficult with school starting, but observing how a great teacher runs their entire day can be really helpful.

  2. Ms. Math

    True true! Unfortunately there are very few great mathematics teachers in our country. Mathematics instruction is a cultural institution. People teach as they were taught. There are engaging, funny, witty, likable math teachers. But there are very few that promote meaningful understanding of math or who are aware of student thinking. The teaching gap found that in a random sample of math classrooms in the U.S that 93% of the lessons were poor. And these lessons were transcribed and mixed up with lessons of other countries. The other countries had many more average and good lessons than we did.

    However, when I went to grad school, I had the chance to watch a great teacher teach Calculus for three semesters and discuss it with him each week. Now I learned a LOT from that. How do I share that though?

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