And Speaking of Teaching . . .

Report from TEDGlobal Session 10: Who’s the Teacher?

Sugata Mitra shares his amazing experiences with self-organized, self-directed learning by kids. He drops off a computer and a task, to come back to children working together to learn new and complex information. Thanks to blog.ted.com.

Teaching

There is no doubt in my mind that becoming a teacher is one of the best ways to make an impact on a community. After spending time in schools in Ghana and teaching in Spain, I feel very adamant about the importance of equal access to the highest quality of education for every child.

However, my idealism is stranded on the other side of a ragged divide from the reality of education in the United States and especially education in the rest of the world. Because of my curiosity about that issue, I’ve read a number of articles discussing what even makes a good teacher. It’s a set of skills that is very hard to narrow into categories and it is intrinsically personal. “What makes a Good Teacher” published in The Atlantic is a great read.

Despite the mayhem of war, environmental disasters and all things violence or political plastered on the news, I am always encouraged when I can continue to read articles in mainstream media on the role of education in the US. Today, there’s a heated debate centered around Teach for America on the New York Time’s (NYT) website. I think it brings up a lot of the issues I thought about while working as an inexperienced teacher in exceedingly difficult schools in Spain. The NYT uses opinions from seven contributors as a jumping off point for the discussion that is populated by teachers, politicians and Teach for America volunteers alike. I really enjoyed reading it. Andy starts grad school next week to become a high school Spanish teacher so these types of discussions are particularly vibrant for me right now.