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Teacher preparation December 28, 2005

Posted by collaboration in Observations.
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I live in the Chicago area. We’ve got many fine colleges and universities that pump out new teachers every year. Northwestern, University of Chicago, Loyola, Depaul, University of Illinois and many other smaller schools all offer excellent programs.

My school district has a close relationship with Depaul. Our district takes in students from Depaul, giving them on-the-job training and a chance to teach as they learn.

Recently I did a cursory search of online catalogs of education programs and the courses that are offered. I could not find one course on the use and implementation of technology into curriculum for classroom teachers. Not one mention of the importance of technology and the type of literacy in which students are to be expected to know.

Depaul makes use of email for their new teachers, and that is about it as far as I can tell. No blogging/journaling, no wikis, seemingly no listserv’s or rss feeds to be consumed by newsreaders. Teacher education is so much about what works, and sharing one’s experiences with others. Classrooms can be lonely, especially for new teachers. Getting up early to get to work to be prepared for another day, only to stay late to re-learn the lessons you forgot, or someone didn’t tell you cries out for the type of collaborative tools that could be used.

How can we expect teachers to use this stuff if they are not required, shown or taught?

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