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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Education Links: If we want teachers to inspire students, what are we doing to inspire teachers?

"Hack School"
Commentary: Home-schooling for the internet generation as presented by one of its practitioners. Examples are few, however--more filler than fact. Many teachers already incorporate these today. A few old-school teachers may turn their noses up. It might be interesting to see data of results. And what should data look like/examine? How we examine this might be biased toward whatever method we want to win... which bring me to...
How to Get a Job at Google [all quotes]
  1. math, computing and coding skills
  2. learning ability... process on the fly... pull together disparate bits of information.
  3. emergent leadership: when faced with a problem and you’re a member of a team, do you, at the appropriate time, step in and lead. And just as critically, do you step back and stop leading, do you let someone else? Because what’s critical to be an effective leader in this environment is you have to be willing to relinquish power.
  4. humility and ownership: step in... to solve any problem and... to step back and embrace the better ideas of others.... [W]hat can we do together to problem-solve. I’ve contributed my piece, and then I step back.
  5. big... and small ego in the same person at the same time: [A]rgue like hell... about their point of view. But then you say, "here’s a new fact," and they’ll go, "Oh, well, that changes things; you’re right." 
What are we doing as educators to create such students? (That is, if we should. Google is not the only employer, yet these are appealing attributes.) How are our teaching environments/culture similar?

That last is a question I've been pondering:  Why is teacher education so incredibly dull, full of turgid vocabulary meant to inspire more teacher yawns than teacher lessons, yet teachers are meant to be dynamic? Instead of boring teachers to death, what are we doing to inspire them?

If you're a teacher, you know all this. But it's nice to hear someone else say it.

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