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1 kerFuFFler  Sun, Mar 2, 2014 12:48:24pm

Sadly there is a lot of drek in teacher education and the professional development seminars required periodically after they are already licensed.
I took some teacher ed courses and they were the worst ever!!!

One course was called Schools and Society and had been a three credit hour course until the state doubled the number of hours required regarding the history and philosophy of education. All of a sudden the course was listed by the university as a six credit hour course. It used the same book and covered the same topics but we had to endure two mind numbing three hour classes per week and pay for twice as many credit hours. It was awful, but probably the best ed course I ever took…the rest were even more ghastly!

2 Chrysicat  Sun, Mar 2, 2014 7:43:40pm

Didn’t seem that different from that ‘motivational session’ that precedes every shift at the Big W…then again, I thought it was stupid there too…

3 wheat-dogghazi  Sun, Mar 2, 2014 9:43:37pm

Reminds me of middle school classes in China. Teacher talks, students repeat.

I’ve lucked out as a teacher, in that I’ve never had to suffer through a PD session as horrible as that one. Working in independent schools was the trick; I could choose my own PD course or activity and get funding from the school for it. Public school teachers don’t have a choice in the matter. The prevailing attitude now is that public school teachers are, as a group, drooling morons that couldn’t teach an Inuit any Inuit word for snow. So, the PD organizers and delivery agents (I won’t dignify their role by calling them teachers) figure they have to treat grown adults as primary school students. Making education “teacher proof,” as they say.

I have had to suffer through some pretty awful Powerpoint presentations by PhDs who felt they had to read the nearly illegible slides to us, despite our having the printouts in our hands.


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