Lessons from 9 years

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A 7 min talk given at the TeachMeet Computing Edition at the University of Edinburgh. It covers 9 lessons I have learned over the 9 years of being a University Tutor visiting PGDE(S) Computing students for their Crits.

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  • I decided to create this presentation as part of my reflection on the last 9 years as the Post Grad Diploma of Education Computing tutor. I struggled at first to come up with ideas but once I started the ideas flowed. Since I was to give this talk at TMCOMP and it was limited to 7 mins I decided to limit the number of lesson to 9.
  • What do I mean by this? Well, basically, a good teacher knows stuff, lots of stuff. A good teacher is able to answer questions that pupils pose. Can expand on an idea and introduce new vocabulary… they can ask questions that challenge the pupil to think again about their understanding. Whilst Information Literacy is an important skill a pupil needs a more knowledgeable other to help them with the information that’s presented to them via the Web.
  • Lessons from 9 years

    1. 1. Lesson learned from 9 years of Crits Kenneth McLaughlin University of Glasgow #TMCOMP 11/6/10
    2. 2. Lesson 1 <ul><li>A good teacher is better than a web search. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Lesson 2 <ul><li>Good teachers use the right words at the right time. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Explanations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Lesson 3 <ul><li>Good departments/teachers talk to their students about teaching. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Lesson 4 <ul><li>Computing is more about language than it’s about mathematics </li></ul><ul><li>Find, Search, Query </li></ul><ul><li>Enter, Input, Get </li></ul>
    6. 6. Lesson 5 <ul><li>A good computing teacher can still use a book. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Lesson 6 <ul><li>Student teachers need to learn to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Script </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Direct </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Act </li></ul></ul><ul><li>in their own lessons </li></ul>
    8. 8. Lesson 7 <ul><li>School Experience is the Sorting Hat of teaching. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Lesson 8 <ul><li>It helps if the student teacher keeps their eyes open, especially during a crit. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Lesson 9 <ul><li>SatNav’s a wonderful tool... provided the school isn’t a new-build with the original postcode. </li></ul>

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