fastcompany:

Teach for America is giving its teachers mini-headsets so that they can get a classroom assist when the going gets tough. Pretend we made a football joke.

Teachers-in-training will have their very own personal angel to discreetly coach them through new lesson plans, with the same ear-bud wiring that feeds live information to NFL coaches. Teach for America is hoping that private coaching will speed up the painstakingly slow process of teacher development, allowing teachers to get both tailored instruction and the experience of being at the head of the classroom, without risking a disaster for students.

“Once a teacher understands what it feels like to be successful, it takes root immediately,” Monica Jordan, coordinator of teacher professional development in Memphis City Schools,told Education Week.

The experimental group of teachers is willing, if hesitant. “I thought, what if they say something in my ear and I lose my train of thought?” said algebra teacher Cynthia Law. “And then I thought, so what if I lose my train of thought, I’ll figure it out,” Law continued, confidently, “I’m not a play-it-safe person. I’m willing for my kids’ sake to look foolish.”

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded technology is currently just used with an expert companion in a nearby room, but could easily be done from anywhere in the world.

Conceivably, the technology could allow even more exciting (and controversial) applications. For instance, Indian PhDs could one day be remote coaching AP calculus teachers, especially in cash-strapped schools forced to fill classes with unprepared teachers. This is especially likely since American educators have long wanted to use the successful math curricula of South Asian countries but lack the proper training.

lets put people with 5 weeks of teaching training into classrooms where the students will need the most help but give them a headset so that someone who may or may not actually know how to teach can give them step by step instructions for when they fuck it up, thereby ”allowing teachers to get both tailored instruction and the experience of being at the head of the classroom, without risking a disaster for students.” if only there was some other way to get helpful guidance and practice while teaching… oh wait there is. sup student teaching/legitimate teacher education programs.

way2go teach for america

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    I always wanted to have Todd coach me in basketball this way
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    lets put people with 5 weeks of teaching training into classrooms where the students will need the most help but give...
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    Teach for America is giving its teachers mini-headsets so that they can get a classroom assist when the going gets...
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    As a first year teacher, the only time I would want a headset is when I was grabbed by a student in my classroom. Like a...
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    it really bothers me how people who are not trained to be teachers get first priority in teach for america. this is a...
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    ^THIS! Teach for America has some very admirable goals, but there are some aspects of it that just don’t sit right with...
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    ^^^^^ oh my God just the replies forever.
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    I would like this on all of my blogs, because I fucking hate Teacher for America. People always say, “Well, they’re in...
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    So, I was actually one of the people lucky enough to be part of the test pilot of this program. My management was not a...
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    More and more, I can’t really tell if I’m thinking it’s a better idea to go into TFA (IF I get in) as an already trained...