Prospective teachers too often assume that teaching is easy. After all, they’ve been watching teaching for more than 13 years and believe they have a pretty good handle on what it takes to teach. Unfortunatley, their “apprenticeship of observation” has typically not served them well.
This past Friday, my methods students visited our practicum placement for the first time this semester. The teacher we visit is a tremendous teacher and I’m proud to say she is a former student of mine. When confronted by her instructional prowess I see in many of my students’ eyes the immediate recognition that they simply cannot do what she is doing with kids (yet). Some of them even admit to me as much.
Now, we are ready to learn.