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Rebecca Corwin

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Re: Student Teachers' Method
Posted: Oct 29, 1995 1:33 PM
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Reply to: RE>Student Teachers' Methods

You've raised important ideas for universities to consider. I agree with you
that placement should not be taken lightly, and the practice of teachers we
use for placements should be matched as far as possible with what the
colleges are proposing as methods.

>>I sometimes have student teachers in my classroom. However, most are
placed with older, more senior teachers. Their methods are frequently
static and outdated. Many of the student teachers are frustrated by their
placements, however, such placements continue. Why, because the University
does not insist on different placements.<<

>>I personally believe that if the Universities were willing to pay a portion
of the students fees for credits to the classroom teacher, they could
insist on choosing only quality placements. Since they are unwilling to
pay for the placements they often get classrooms where the teachers are
hoping for the two week break while the student teacher takes over, rather
than concentrating on what they need to do to facilitate a quality
experience for the student teacher.<<

I think, though, that of course it's part of a complex web. This is NOT to
excuse it, but to b egin to think about where to leverage some change. If we
had clinical professorships that were part school teaching and part college
teaching, and those were respected by b oth college and school, we'd be
closer to knowing whose practice was interesting and why. We could also run
some of our classes in the schools, and get a little more of a sense of the
school itself, as well. And if colleges supported some teachers by providing
places and people to do sabbatical curriculum development with (a sort of
lab), and if college people could put in a half year or a full year without
losing seniority--we'd have more interpenetration.

More important, however, is the fact that the tuition money that students pay
is largely going for non-teaching things, much to administration. In the
past ten years there's been a mushrooming of administration and managers in
most colleges. The students' money goes to those folks, many of whom do not
teach, do not understand teaching, and care far more about "managing" the
faculty than anything else. It's way worse than in the schools (and those are
already way too managed.)

I wonder why it seems the word ad-minister has been altered so--it means "to
minister to". And I believe the job of the college administrator should be
to minister to the needs of the faculty and students. [Here, I make a wry
and bitter humph sound.]

>>This is one of the many issues I believe need to be addressed by Teaching
Colleges and Universities.<<

Indeed, I couldn't agree more.

Rebecca Corwin
Lesley College
Cambridge, MA
......a college with many managers.........

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