Friday, April 4, 2014
Professional Development Schools
The conversations at this conference are always so rich and exciting because of the combination of university people, P-12 people, and teacher candidates. I believe that it is imperative that the P-12 and teacher preparation programs at the university level work hand in hand when it comes to preparing teacher candidates for the workforce. Content and practice cannot be taught in isolation and the more practice these young teachers have the better prepared they will be.
This trip was followed up with a visit from some educators from Georgia Regents University on yesterday (Thursday, April 3). This conversation was equally rich and exciting because we brought in a current full-time intern, a part-time intern, a former intern who is now teaching second grade, Dr. Bruce Field, Dr. Maree Price, Dr. Jeanene Varner, and myself. One of the most profound comments came from our full-time intern. She said that her teacher last semester made the comment that she (the intern) had taught her a great deal about how to implement technology in the classroom. This was important because many of our veteran teachers are struggling with the way that technology has impacted our teaching strategies. Of course, the intern was equally grateful for the things that the veteran teacher has taught her as well. The relationship between the coaching teacher and the intern should be reciprocal.