Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Teacher Training

The best way to learn how to be a teacher is in a school. Despite what teacher training courses might tell you, (in order to justify their own jobs) there really isn't any important theory worth knowing. All you need is lots of practice with some guidance and regular feedback from a good teacher.

This statement assumes you understand the subject you are going to teach, which unfortunately isn't always the case.

I don't care what standard of degree teachers have because they won't be teaching anything at degree level. It's no more relevant than whether they can juggle three balls or stand on their hands. I do want them to have good  'A' and GCSE results in their subject because that is precisely what they will be teaching and if they weren't very good at it themselves, I'd rather not have them in front of my kids.

ps my first book's just had its 200th review on Amazon. It's worth scrolling through them as there are some quite amusing rants

Bizarrely the sequel only has ten reviews, for which I have no explanation


LocalFlightEast said...

Couldn't agree more.
Unfortunately my choice to do a School Centred Initial Teacher Training qualification means that I'm not considered a qualified teacher in the country I emigrated to!

I still don't think that I missed out on anything that my colleagues learnt at university in their PGCE though. Right from day one I was teaching in a classroom with a year 7 class that became MY responsibility for an entire term and a half.

Anonymous said...

I so agree with you, my son is trying to get a place on a school teacher training programme, and is still waiting as it seems most local schools are not taking part - grr.
He should get his degree around christmas and then wants to train in house rather than do another year at uni.
I suppose he will have to wait for his results and then shop around the country and see what happens.
btw I loved both books.

Hassenbrook said...

Couldn't agree more! Being in a learning environment is a great way to pick up tips and tricks, I work for one of the best schools in Essex!

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Anonymous said...

Any interesting comment, and in most respects, a correct one. Many of the things taught at school are rather trivial. The benefits of following a degree course include growing up a bit, learning how stupid left-wing political correctness is (although Universities sometimes instill that particular stupidity.
I used to teach at an ex-Polytechnic new-university, and indeed, the best qualification for that isn't a PhD, but is a good degree with maybe a masters. They introduced a part-time teaching certificate requirement for new lecturers to follow, and to be frank, most of it was idiotic f*ckwitterie that anyone can see through, 'equalities' and all the rest of the mumbo jumbo.

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