Teacher Prep Programs

I firmly believe that good quality teacher preparation programs are vital for the success of the teachers in the educational field. Teacher prep programs prepare students to become teachers. They learn everything about the field of education–from the history of education to child psychology to lesson planning to assessment–and are better prepared teachers because of this educational experience.
However, I also firmly believe that the time spent in the college classroom is less important than the time spent out in the field. Going into real classrooms and completing observations and helping with lessons is an absolutely vital part of the teacher preparation program. It is the place where the student becomes the teacher. The student teaching experience is a part of the educational program that cannot be rivaled by any other experience because it provides for approximately 10 weeks of practice teaching before the student really does become the one and only teacher in the classroom.
In my opinion, teacher preparation programs proved both the educational and hands-on experience any student wishing to become a teacher needs. We should do more to establish awesome teacher preparation programs that enable students to become awesome teachers.


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