I often write-about-reflect-on Edweek articles; however, the grueling TWT 30 day writing-reading challenge has reduced my reading-writing-reflecting on other education news! This, however, is worthy of note. Teacher-Prep Programs Zero In on Effective 'Practice'
I really wonder if a technician is going to be best able to promote the "deeper learning" and questioning that is the hallmark of teaching today. I wonder if you would want your surgeon to have only one learned way to operate on your cancer? I question if teaching is a field where we want to know what has happened in the past so that we do not repeat mistakes? Is teaching a skill or is it a profession?
Without leading the witness, my own perspective is clear. To prepare our students for the diverse and every changing world in which they will live, we need teachers with sound philosophical foundations who also know multiple ways to approach any new situation. We need teachers who question and see answers, teachers who seek and find innovative ways to approach behavior and learning. After many years of teaching, I have watched teachers (and administrators) whose foundations for their profession were built without a theoretical base for what they do. They usually struggle to accept change and focus on a narrow and limited view of what should be based on what they know!