Fordham recently hosted an event titled Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone) in which Robert Pondiscio interviews Elizabeth Green about the topic. The section, beginning at minute 12:25 on being a “general pedagogue,” is particularly provocative. It is Green’s assertion that you need to know more than your subject matter to be an effective teacher. That is, you can be a great mathematician and know the right answers but that does not necessarily mean you know why children get wrong answers.
At minute 17:36, Green outlines the components of successful educational infrastructure that allow teachers to learn together. They include 1) time –time to plan together, study curriculum and watch each other teach and 2) a common idea of what students should learn
Lesson Study is explored at 41:58.
The full video can be accessed here.
About Aaron Grossman
I am a 5th grade teacher at Roy Gomm Elementary in Reno, Nevada. I started working with elementary students as part of the Montana Reads program and AmeriCorps. In 2001, after graduating from the University of Montana and moving to Reno, Nevada, I student taught at Rita Cannan Elementary before receiving a 6th grade position at Veterans Elementary. I moved out of the classroom to be a Literacy Coordinator, then an Instructional Coach, and finally a School Improvement Program Coordinator. In 2011, I began working on the Nevada Academic Content Standards in the district’s Curriculum & Instruction Department. I returned to the classroom for the 2015-2016 school year to teach 4th grade at Huffaker Elementary.
Before returning to the classroom, I helped develop the Core Task Project that has been featured by National Public Radio, the Gates Foundation, American Radio Works, Eduwonk, the Fordham Institute, Vox, and the Center for American Progress. In 2014, I received the Leader to Learn From Award for my teacher-centered initiative and work to bring college, career, and civics ready outcomes into Northern Nevada classrooms (here).
In 2015, I was appointed by Governor Sandoval serve on the Statewide RPDP Council. The same year, Nevada’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Steve Canavero placed me on the state’s State Improvement Team. This year I will be part of the National Council on Teacher Quality’s Teacher Advisory Group. I am Google Certified Educator and a Nevada Teacher Ambassador.
I believe strongly that teaching content is teaching reading and I make sure my students have ample opportunities to work with social studies, history, science and art outcomes. I do what I can to blend the learning for my students and this blog is part of that effort. You can contact me at email@example.com
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