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Topic: Student Teachers' Methods
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Alfred Barron (908) 704-4102

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Student Teachers' Methods
Posted: Oct 31, 1995 9:59 AM
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Student teaching is probably one of the most important
aspects of an educational program. In fact I would rank
it second, after mastery of subject matter, but above
methodologies. What differentiates it from these other
areas is the experience of interacting with the dynamics
of the classroom under the guidance of an experienced and
caring teacher.

Some of the traditional non-academic lessons to be learned
from student teaching involve,

1) classroom management
2) student discipline
3) effective speaking/communication
4) students' family/parents problems
5) departmental politics
6) culture of the school and community

Possibly many education programs thumb their noses at some
(or most ?) of these, but from my own experience, I know
that industry and government does not (In these non-academic
areas, effective communication is sine qua non for survival).

Beyond the classroom, I'd believe that student teaching should
naturally evolve into some form collaboration with master
teachers. I don't know how many (if any ?) schools support
this approach, but I think we'd all be more effective teachers
if we did.

Al Barron

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