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9 May 2013

PDC for teachers

Course Era; well know for offering FREE online courses from top university professionals.
It announced to launch courses in teacher professional development category.


The blog post of 'Course Era' indicates, seven leading schools of education have joined this initiative, including
The College of Education, University of Washington;
Curry School of Education, University of Virginia;
Johns Hopkins University School of Education;
Match Education’s Sposato Graduate School of Education;
Peabody College of Education and Human Development,
Vanderbilt University; Relay Graduate School of Education;
University of California, Irvine Extension.

Get benefited as they have a good number of courses.




5 May 2013

My view

My view
Present day education system and its reforms are not showing expected outcomes.  
It is time for evolve and transform.
Presently teaching in the school system is driven by 'fixed time syllabus coverage' based on textbook chapters. 
Many models, teaching methods are introduced but producing limited outcomes. 
Teachers are overloaded and their time is fixed to complete the prescribed syllabus and to fill the forms and show the evidence to the system organisers.
Due to heavy syllabus structures, teachers are moving from chapter to chapter in the textbook, without proper time to maintain the standards of students due to fixed time setup. 
Classes are occupied by mixed ability and mixed standard children. 
Active learners are showing better outcomes and slow learners and low standards are left behind.
Knowing well the particular students are lagging behind of understanding, the teacher is moving ahead as per the time frame and learning is left as responsibility of children.
Almost 25 % of students are keeping the phase and understanding. Others are left with many learning gaps. 
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Parents and schools are looking at marks lists/report cards.
With this "push" to a higher grade, "pull” to achieve present standard system, students are confused where to put efforts and left with many learning gaps specifically in school education sector.
Students are moving from grade to grade without conceptualising, but remembering.
Unfortunately, in terms of higher standards, schools are teaching many things even in lower grades, giving the responsibility to students to learn rote. 

It is creating a big setback in higher education sector. Only that 25 %, who are able to grasp the concepts, are representing their abilities and are employable, but others are becoming only certificate holders. 

In my opinion, entire school system up to grade 12 should evolve and transform. 

Made my efforts to present my opinion. Please let me know what you feel on this.
Correct me if I’m wrong.
why can't we - "The teacher" lay the foundation/roots for the flawless and standardized education system.?

Ramanatha Sastry.D.