Way back in the middle ages when current educational trends had different names, I attended SUNYPotsdam where I was in a CBTE pilot program. Competency Based Teacher Education. It was the *first* part of an education major. We had a list of 200 things to do. Talk to a janitor, collect milk money, ride a school bus,... (I forget the academic stuff, so I guess that shows what I found valuable? - I did get another course on math manipulatives etc. and the lab for that was to tutor one student) If we completed all the tasks we got 9 credits of 4.0. I think it lasted one semester. One advantage of the program was that it weeded out those who would hate the school experience and allowed them to change their major while there was time. Len Bliss and a Dr. McNurgney initiated the program, but left SUNYAP after a year. I wonder where they are now? They were great. I fell in love with mathematics when, at a Friday large-group seminar, they showed how the place-value system worked. It was like romantic love ... I can still remember the moment and where I was sitting. I worked at a Catholic elementary school with Sister Theresa who was over 65 and blew away all my stereotyped images of nuns. She was super.
Well, Tad, there may be some tidbits of suggestions in there for you. thanks for the chance to walk down memory lane.
Ah the days of behavior mod and mastery learning. Good riddance!
Sure did give my cumulative average a boost!
Cathy Brady Math Specialist/Education firstname.lastname@example.org Maryland Science Center Opinions are my own "Beyond Numbers" exhibit or something I overheard Baltimore's Inner Harbor