If the evaluative lecturer that came into our school today is a sign of teacher training at the moment, then Teacher Training is broken in our country.
Clearly confused by Google Docs he was asking questions like:
How will you know what they have completed? Who prepares the software resources and saves them to Google Docs? How can they refer to previous work? Are all the devices relying on batteries?
Good to know that he liked the carpeted floors and nice open/light teaching space though…
It raises again for me thoughts that I have had on teacher training. Why are we not creating secondments for teachers into these positions? A 3 year secondment would allow current teachers who are up-to-date with the demands and nature of current classrooms to assist the next generation of teachers. It would also provide professional development for them in time out from the classroom, reflecting on their practice and visiting multiple schools as they observe the student teachers.
A win – win. Better training for new teachers and professional development for experienced, current teachers.
Maybe it just makes too much sense to be implemented?