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I agree with Bunki - there are too many people out there teaching courses
that haven't seen the inside of a classroom in years. In fact, the last
class I took, the professor didn't know anything about multiple
intelligences or teaching to different learning styles. It was then that I
decided not to pursue a masters degree. It's hurting me financially, but
the one thing that I hate about the educational system is having my pay
linked to the number of degrees I have. I guess it's all those years I spent
in business where performance is what mattered.
Any how, back to courses. Search out good teachers and observe them. I
find that teachers are the most generous with giving what they have. Ask
around, people know who are the effective teachers. I am friends with the
Dean of Admissions at an art school. She visits all the schools and she
tells me lots about what is being done well in the schools.
I've said this before, but I think the best way to learn about learning is
to take a course in something new for yourself. Pay attention to your
struggles and how a skill needs to be broken down in order to teach it. I
learned a lot from a phys ed teacher about looking at a skill step by step.
The first two years I taught, I thought I would die. I never slept, I was
always preparing, my head was always in school. It is the hardest job I've
ever had! But things fall into place, your instincts take over and you
realize you really do have eyes in the back of your head.
Be patient, you will become a good teacher.
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