Michigan Teaching School Tries Something New

Larry Abramson, Michigan Teaching School Tries Something New, National Public Radio, January 3, 2010 Website: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120998319

Michigan Teaching School has revamped their teaching program to include a more practical, hands-on approach for training future educators.  The program focuses on not only what a teacher needs to know, but also what a teachers needs to do in order to be successful.  One such innovation they have implemented is using rounds, like the ones used in medical school.  This enables students to get out into the classroom faster to observe various teaching problems that occur in different settings.  It also enables them to assimilate the skills they see in teachers they are observing. The experienced teacher meets with the teachers-in-training both before and after the class they have observed to discuss what worked and what didn’t, which promotes anticipation and reflection.

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