tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7260501974006453150.post6186306660896760078..comments2024-09-07T22:24:17.382-04:00Comments on Math Be Brave: Distinguishing teaching from teachersUnknownnoreply@blogger.comBlogger2125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7260501974006453150.post-70810725947580335812010-07-05T22:00:57.620-04:002010-07-05T22:00:57.620-04:00Such a great question. I remember reading somethin...Such a great question. I remember reading something from Deborah Ball, where she says something like the following: "If teaching mathematics well cannot be taught, then there really is no reason for schools of math education." From this I see the same distinction between teachers and teaching: If we simply need to find the more talented folks and pay them well, that what are we doing learning about teaching? Like Ball, I believe effective teaching can be taught. The challenge is figuring out what constitutes "effective teaching." I think Deborah Ball calls it Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching. Here's a link to a site about her work: <br /><br />http://sitemaker.umich.edu/lmt/people<br /><br />I don't have first-hand knowledge of the project, but have spoken with her a few times about MKT. I have also attended a number of sessions with her and Hyman Bass. <br /><br />I'd be interested in others thoughts about their experience. <br /><br />Keep up the excellent thoughts and questions! <br /><br /><br />Bill Thill (PCMI)6 foot 5 Billhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01018419865374161688noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7260501974006453150.post-9130149925004325092010-07-05T15:41:13.249-04:002010-07-05T15:41:13.249-04:00I would encourage you to look at some of the instr...I would encourage you to look at some of the instructional coaching models. We are trained to give feedback on evidence of learning not teaching. The ultimate goal is to have the students learn something (skill, big idea, etc.). What is the evidence that they have? Different teachers can get there different ways. Ultimate success = the students learned.Sarahhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/15836775412858228674noreply@blogger.com