Great article “Building a Better Teacher” by Elizabeth Green in The New York Times, Magazine Preview March 7, 2010. The author provides an extensive overview from numerous educational researchers who are on the forefront of teacher-training research. Some of the issues brought up in the article include:
- Innate ability to teach vs. trying to teach people how to teach
- The impact of teacher merit-pay on student achievement
- Creating incentives to bring top caliber individuals into the classrooms
- Evaluating current teacher-training programs
- Does good classroom management ensure good instruction?
- Rethinking the way we teach, and many more thought provoking issues are brought up in this article.
Doug Lemov, a past teacher, principal, and charter-school founder has been spending the last few years visiting classrooms in failing schools trying to provide “solutions” to administrators on revitalizing their schools has written a book based on his observations and research of troubled schools to be released this April “Teach Like a Champion: The 49 Techniques That Put Students on the Path to College.” I’ll look forward to sitting down and reading this one.