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Topic: elementary methods course at a Professional Development School
Replies: 3   Last Post: Jun 13, 1995 5:38 PM

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Cathy Brady

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Registered: 12/6/04
Re: elementary methods course at a Professional Development School
Posted: Jun 13, 1995 5:38 PM
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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 Maryland Science Center
Opinions are my own "Beyond Numbers" exhibit
or something I overheard Baltimore's Inner Harbor

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