Is teaching a profession?

Another fantastic, yet true, post from Greg Ashman.

Echoing the thought of

Carnine, D. (2000). Why education experts resist effective practices (And what it would take to make education more like medicine). Washington, DC: Thomas. B. Fordham Foundation.

Snider, V. E. (2006). Myths and misconceptions about teaching: What really happens in the classroom. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Education.

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The skill of competence

Beautifully crafted piece of writing, by Greg Ashman, illustrating the need for competence through practice. Yes it is interesting that certain parts of the brain are active when performing different activities, but we cannot rewire kids–we need to give them many opportunities to practice and gain immediate feedback on their individual performance. Only then will they have the basic skills on which to base higher thinking skills.

Ray Charles was interviewed on radio and asked how he prepared for his concerts and the many songs he might have to play. He indicated that he did not practice a particular set of songs but merely made sure he practiced the basics–musical scales. This allowed him to improvise however he wished, in the moment.


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