Assistant teacher course/Teachers' handbook

  A curriculum which acknowledges the social responsibilities of education must present situations where problems are relevant to the problems of living together, and where observation and information are calculated to develop social insight and interest.  

Democracy and Education, John Dewey

A PDF version of this book is available.

Introduction edit

  Assuming that it is possible, should we allow parents to have their children genetically modified for intelligence and health?

We are more than happy for parents to try to enhance intelligence and health through education. If a school were to develop a programme that resulted in pupils gaining dramatically in both, it would no doubt be applauded. Parents would rightly seek to get their children admitted. They would demand to know why similar techniques weren't used at other schools. 

—The Philosophy Gym[1], Stephen Law

The teachers' handbook tries to give some recommendations to teachers who have a group of assistant teachers available.

The course invited the assistant teachers in several places to make suboptimal or questionable choices in order to provide motivation for the other pupils to become politically active and to try to influence the situation. [2] Teachers should be aware what suboptimal solutions have been implemented intentionally and what better solutions the assistant teachers would prefer themselves. At some time pupils and assistant teachers may need encouragement to change existing arrangements in order to prevent significant disadvantages for the pupils.

The normal run of events, however, should be that pupils discover the inadequate solutions and alert their grade to the fact that something might have to be changed.

The advantage of having assistant teachers available should be that the teacher can focus on teaching, pedagogy and classroom management. The role of supervisor should mostly be delegated to the assistant teachers. A teacher can also delegate the role of lecturer, which allows to focus on monitoring the class or to attend to individual pupils.

This teacher's handbook is meant as a convenient entry for teachers but should not be interpreted to mean that teachers shouldn't read the whole course.

Content edit

Completion status: this resource is ~75% complete.

Appendices edit

References edit

  1. Law, Stephen (December 2003). The Philosophy Gym: 25 Short Adventures in Thinking (1 ed.). Thomas Dunne Books. ISBN 0312314523. 
  2. citizenship education, planning the qualification process, grading conference, book project

See also edit

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