“It’s kind of like the Wild West,” Leavitt, who worked in California’s public schools for 32 years and has taught in-person teacher training courses, said in an interview after the course ended. “We’re at the beginning of online instruction.”
At a time when brick-and-mortar teacher training programs are under fire, the burgeoning world of online teacher training has the potential to help or hamper efforts to improve public education. Internet classes could widen access to the profession and be a solution to teacher shortages. But if online training programs can’t ensure quality, they’ll instead just pump thousands of ill-prepared teachers into the system.
If you are really are concerned about teacher education, the question of online vs face-to-face training is only a distraction from the real problem: teacher education programs are almost universally terrible. Read the facts based on the research by Arthur Levine et al, former president of Teachers College, Columbia University, by visiting edschools.org.
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- amiteachingyet said: I’m still a firm believer: if you go through a program that does not put you in the classroom for more than just a semester, you are not prepared or qualified. I went through 1.5 years of practicuum and ST and still felt overwhelmed in my new classroom.
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