I see a few folks here and there starting to talk more about the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), or the Pearson product that will now be used to score and certify student teachers. I scored some of these things. Painfully mediocre stuff. Here’s a quick note about my experience that I shared with some others […]
When I was a professor and teacher educator for four years, we did NOT cost our placement schools anything. In fact, we offered mentor teachers a modest stipend. And by modest, I really do mean modest. In any case, why would a school be charged with the privilege of hosting student teachers? And how much […]
Arizona State is going to implement a mandatory yearlong clinical experience for all graduating teachers in order to, well: The goal of the project, according to its leaders, is to graduate teachers who, in their first year on the job, match the effectiveness of second-year teachers. Getting there has meant no less than an entire […]
I do a lot of supervision of pre-service teachers. I tend to see a lot of test-driven and scripted instruction in classrooms. No matter how much we try to encourage innovative and meaningful methods, we’re cut off, hand-cuffed to basal anthologies, unresponsive to daily realities. Part of that job is to offer feedback and guidance […]
This was something I’ve been sitting on for a while, wanted to put it somewhere else, but then passed it along to Huffington Post College this time. I’m glad they put it up there. It’s about student teaching and the unseemly outrage over unpaid internships in other disciplines. Enjoy.