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TEACHING: I Predict Malcolm Gladwell's Article Won't Change Much

081215_r18037_p233UPDATE:  Pondiscio and TQATE weigh in at bottom

"After years of worrying about issues like school funding levels, class size, and curriculum design, many reformers have come to the conclusion that nothing matters more than finding people with the potential to be great teachers. But there’s a hitch: no one knows what a person with the potential to be a great teacher looks like."

Most Likely to Succeed New Yorker

In his latest article, Malcolm Gladwell examines the way that schools -- and pro football scouts -- try and predict which candidates are going to be great at their jobs. Most agree that current methods -- degrees and certification -- aren't very good. 

But those who think that such a thing is easily done well will be disappointed to find that newer screening methods -- detailed examinations of practice teaching, withitness -- only really work after a the job has started. 

More important, Gladwell has no real way of getting us out of the current system of certification and tenure. At this point, solutions that don't stand much chance of being implemented leave me cold.    Could someone please explain how changes to the current certification and tenure system are going to happen "at scale"?

Too much football, notes TCKB:  Teachers and Quarterbacks.

More football at TQATE:  Link: The Quick and the Ed.

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I agree, what is a good teacher? I am currently a college student and wondering that same question. Every semester or year the college of education changes its requirments to what classes we as future teachers should take. How are they to change what is requered? Someone before me took different classes to graduate and someone below me will too. Who is going to make that choice?

We know what really good teachers look like. It is described in, Master Teachers making a difference on the edge of chaos. It's just that really good teachers make governing more difficult; so we will not support them

We know what really good teachers look like. It is described in, Master Teachers making a difference on the edge of chaos. It's just that really good teachers make governing more difficult; so we will not support them

I have mentored numerous teachers over the years. When it comes down to it you can tell if someone is going to be a good teacher if they can reflect on what they have done and change what they will do. A good teacher is a good learner.

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