0078: On Teacher Education. In Opposition to Silence
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Teachers should enter the field with a working knowledge of pedagogy built from a strong understanding of theory and nurtured through actual practice. They should know how to engage students in dialogue, and properly mediate discussions. They should know how to reflect on their own practice, and make decisions based on their reflections. They should know how to collaborate, and engage other teachers in collaborative discussion, even if it is via social media, blogs, etc. They should have already been engaged in advocacy and education reform. Teachers need to be active in their profession. We’re all tired, but we have to take up for ourselves, and our students. Professional developments should work along these same lines.
This is not the reality of teacher education, so it is up to us to help nurture our fellow teachers in more productive paths. We, the teachers, have been silent victims for too long. We must use our voices.
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