Here are 25 Olympic athletes to watch.
Many begin practicing at very young ages.
Hmm. Could that work for teaching?
What if there were scholastic “Teaching Teams?”
Imagine a 9th grader. Joins Teaching Team instead of Debate Team. Topics are assigned. She practices practices practices. Probably enlists a favorite teacher to help her (who wouldn’t enjoy your student asking for teaching advice instead of curricular help?) Then she competes against head to head against some other high school kid, gets judged, gets supported by teammates, etc. (I know Andy’s commentariat tends to hate the word “competition” — but even in debate, chess, speech, etc?)
We have 150k to 200k new teachers each year. Is it possible to imagine a world where thousands of them had five to ten years of formal teaching practice and evaluation before age 20, like many jocks and musicians? Does this already exist somewhere?
-Guestblogger Mike Goldstein