Response to: Classics Academy Video

I think programs like this do not exist simply because they do not exist. People do what they have beed taught to do and what they see others doing. These types of programs are new and without governemnt mandates schools will be slow to catch-on to the fact that they are out there and even slower to accept and implement them. Teacher prep programs will need to adjust how they train teachers so that new teachers can bring in new ways. And slowly they will catch on. Or some group or groups of people will need to lobby state governments to enact laws forcing district to implement these programs, like the federal government did with the NCLB. Or like minded parents can take over school boards and enact changes from there.

  • chatchaat
    October 26, 2011 at 12:36 pm | #2

    Referring to Mr. Gut’s podcasts: back in the early 90′s CCAC had an Algebra teacher who video taped his lessons and made the tapes available for students to watch in the library or check out to watch at home. He was a good teacher to begin with and watching these tapes helped me. The idea itself isn’t new, but I give Mr. Gut credit for doing something few other teacher’s may be doing.

  • chatchaat
    October 26, 2011 at 12:36 pm | #3

    I particularly like how he “flips instruction” by having students do homework in school and listen to his lectures at home. Students have their classmates and Mr. Gut around to help them if they get stuck and they are getting work done. No excuses for incomplete homework.

  • chatchaat
    October 26, 2011 at 12:43 pm | #4

    Mr Gut seems proud of the fact that students do research on their own then “one-up” teachers with the new knowledge they possess that teachers don’t. I’m wondering if he is proud for them because now they know new things and are proud of themselves because they did the work, or if it just makes him proud to be made to look bad or wrong by his students. Either way the purpose of school should be to help create curious self-learners. When students in the lower level classes say “this is the idiot class” or “we are the dumb kids” I say to them that everybody knows things that others do not and that they should focus on making themselves experts at things that interest them. They aren’t dumb they just didn’t score as well as some other kid did on the same test.

  • chatchaat
    October 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm | #5
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    The author of a book we’re reading for the Teaching ELLs class does lectures and presentations for teachers and administrators and begins them by telling that he can describe schools in three words: School is boring. I thought of that when the one student said that most kids “play school” or “go through the motions.” I agree with school can be like that. If teachers and students aren’t challenged and forced to try and do new things school will become a place where people just pass the time. If a student is taking the same math or english or science class for the third or fourth time what good will it really do them?


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