ERIC Number: EJ882500
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 8
Enhanced Teacher Preparation Coming to You Live from the Teacher Learning Center!
Hovland, Michelle; Chandler, Cynthia
Kappa Delta Pi Record, v45 n1 p26-31 Fall 2008
This article features an innovative project called the "Teacher Learning Center" (TLC) that is jointly funded by the South Dakota Department of Education, Black Hills State University (BHSU), and the Spearfish School District in Spearfish, South Dakota. The purpose of this project was to provide opportunities for preservice and new elementary teachers to engage in real-time classroom observation and simultaneous discussion. This combination would allow these teachers to develop and expand their current understandings of effective instruction through shared experiences and reflective conversation. Visits to the TLC would give preservice and new teachers opportunities to observe "how to teach"; however, most important would be the discussions surrounding the observed instruction. Based on three years of experience with the TLC project, the mission, goals, and evaluation process of the goals have been refocused and expanded to ensure that the project is focused on student achievement, service to undergraduate elementary students, and support for practicing teachers of all grade levels and content areas.
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Teaching Methods, Faculty Development, Classroom Observation Techniques, Teacher Education Programs, Educational Practices, Beginning Teacher Induction, Formative Evaluation, Improvement Programs, Teacher Improvement, Reflective Teaching, Teacher Centers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Dakota