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An Introduction to Teacher Development

New models for preparing educators in training focus on practical tips and feedback.
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An Introduction to Teacher Development (Transcript)

Teacher: The whole point is that you're supposed to experiment with ideas. I would love it if you're on the edge of what you understand.

Narrator: In the 21st century effective teachers need more than solid knowledge of subject matter.

Teacher: We call it the Think-First model.

Narrator: They should know how to promote social and emotional intelligence.

Teacher: When you are getting provoked it's important to do what?

Student: Size up the situation.

Teacher: Good.

Narrator: Be comfortable with instructional methods like project-based learning.

Teacher: Alright, looking at how the wheel is operating right now, what might you change about it?

Narrator: And keep up with rapidly evolving technologies so they can facilitate learning at any time and place.

Student: We could do two if we wanted.

Teacher: Yeah.

Student: Right?

Teacher: Yep.

Ada Beth Cutler: I don't believe that good teachers are born. I believe that we educate people to become good teachers. But I think good teachers have to enjoy sharing their love of learning. There has to be a passion for learning that they want to share with young people.

Teacher: This one, do you know this one?

Student: [Inaudible]?

Teacher: Right, [inaudible].

Student: Okay.

Narrator: Schools of education are realizing that good teachers are acting as mentors, coaches, and guides, encouraging students to take charge of their own education.

Teacher: We want to be careful we don't come out in the end with your DNA barcode-

Narrator: High Tech High in San Diego created its own on-campus School of Education to develop the kind of teacher that will thrive in classrooms that feature cross-curricular projects.

Teacher: Yeah, I have them do each this page in their table groups and I went around to each table group-

Larry Rosenstock: What I like to see in a teacher is somebody who has deep content knowledge of their subject matter.

Teacher: And you want to check it out, write down some observations, what it smells like, what it looks like.

Larry Rosenstock: Somebody who is passionate about their subject matter.

Jeffrey Robin: No, no, no. I like how it bounces back and forth.

Larry Rosenstock: And people who are very dynamic in their ability to infect kids' curiosity.

Teacher: What is special about this leaf that is going to help it live in the understory?

Student: There's just a little bit of light that will help it survive?

Narrator: In the best teacher preparation programs educational theory is integrated with practical field experience, strong mentors include professors and classroom teachers, there is ongoing support for new teachers after graduation, and continuous self-assessment and reflection.

Teacher: Alright, this is a silent exercise, and when it is over we'll look at what we've got and make some comments about it.

Narrator: The learning doesn't stop with a credential. Professional development programs play a critical role in creating successful teachers, especially during the first five years of teaching.

Teacher: Have you all been doing the reading or just watching the video? Joseph?

Narrator: At Yes Prep in Houston, Texas a full time dean of instruction does periodic classroom observations and gives feedback to veterans and new teachers alike.

Michelle LaFlure: And we have a pretty intensive rubric that we use so I go into every classroom approximately five times a year. The majority of my time is spent observing then debriefing with them. And then after we talk about high expectations for this particular lesson then we'll go into student-center classroom.

Narrator: Teachers who are well-prepared and trained stay on the job longer. They have the ability to fully engage their students. They model social and emotional intelligence and are able to provide an invaluable human touch that can make a difference in their students' lives.

Teacher: What's that letter?

Student: "E".

What's that letter?

Student: "N".

Teacher: Look how smart you are. You're so smart I can't even take it.

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Latoya Johnson's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

I liked the video! It was very informative.

Mohammad Imran's picture

Well it is quite informative and motivated at the same time.But it seems that all these techniques can be worked out when you have an ideal teacher-students ratio.Can anyone tell me how to handle a class of 50 odd students and achieve the objective of individual attention to each pupil?

lizette sta. romana's picture

uhm.. why not classify them first who are fast or slow learners? im currently in my fourth year college..elementary ed. hi!

Mindy S. Prosperi's picture
Mindy S. Prosperi
High School Biology / Science Teacher in Paterson NJ

I wish there was a way for me to go back and relearn everything again. So much has changed since I went to college... from content to labs to teaching methods. Since many schools have no money for professional development, it is difficult to keep up. I would love to have an opportunity to train in a school such as the ones in the video.

Anna Warner's picture

This video is very percise. Unfortunetly it is more based on areas of school that have the capabilities of having that sort of methods in the classroom. Their are still many classrooms in the 21st century that due not grow in education with or because of technology in the classroom. This makes it hard for not only the students who are missing out on equal education rights but also those teachers who don't have a chance to grow and continue to be an asset to the education world.
Teacher are consitent of all of those roles but I think that some forget that just because they know more basic content then those comming into the classroom they are still the students. Instead of always being the higher power show that your knowledge is a freedom they can obtain also. This makes a great teaching and learning environment. It also opens up doors that may not exist already.

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Inder Singh Inda
School Advisor/Director Ahmedabad, India

Sir, I have been trying to dowload Videos from edutopia website but its not working inspite of Itunes Dowloader on my system. Kindly help in this regard.
The videos and information are awasome. Regards, Inder

Amy Erin Borovoy (aka VideoAmy)'s picture

Hi @Inder Singh Inda,

I have sent you a private message with more information; but you should be able to get to the iTunes U download of this video via this link:

An Introduction to Teacher Development on iTunes




Ktell's picture

This is so true.

Narrator: Teachers who are well-prepared and trained stay on the job longer. They have the ability to fully engage their students. They model social and emotional intelligence and are able to provide an invaluable human touch that can make a difference in their students' lives.

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