Developing Middle Level Teaching Skills Online
Middle School Journal Volume 36, Number 3, ISSN 0094-0771
This article presents the experience of Marshall University Graduate College in using online middle level teacher preparation. The case suggests that such a format provides opportunities for efficient, accessible, and effective training for middle level teachers. Online training does not suggest a different philosophy to that of the traditional on-campus approaches to teacher education. Rather, it is a medium that is at least as effective as the on-campus program of training teachers. It also requires a new role for the teacher educator. This model allows the University to provide for teacher quality in the most rural and isolated settings. The advantages of this medium, in addition to those cited earlier are: (a) making it possible to extensively and individually track teacher progress in their development as teachers; (b) being grounded on a strong collaboration between the college professor and the teacher; (c) making the assessment process consistently authentic and performance based; and (d) providing or individually-determined timing resulting in the most efficient use of time and, consequently, in the best investment of effort in developing effective teaching skills. The only limitation to the approach seems to be the willingness to change. (Contains 1 figure.)
Meyer, C.F. & Boyles, E.K. (2005). Developing Middle Level Teaching Skills Online. Middle School Journal, 36(3), 11-16.