One predicament is that no matter how great their expertise teachers depend on

One predicament is that no matter how great their

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behavior. One predicament is that no matter how great their expertise, teachers depend on the cooperation and intelligence of their students, yet there is much that students do not know. To teach responsibly, teachers must cultivate a kind of mental double vision: distancing themselves from their own knowledge to understand students’ thinking, yet using their knowledge to guide their teaching. Another predicament is that although attention to students’ thinking improves the chances of learning, it also increases the uncertainty and complexity of the job. The circumstances in which teachers and students work make a difference. Teachers and students are better able to manage these predicaments if they have resources—common curricula, intelligent assessments, and teacher education tied to both—that support responsible teaching. Yet for most of U.S. history those resources have been in short supply, and many current accountability policies are little help. With a keen eye for the moment-to-moment challenges, Cohen explores what “responsible teaching” can be, the kind of mind reading it seems to demand, and the complex social resources it requires. RELATED LINKS Google Search In Go
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TEACHING AND ITS PREDICARMENTS 3 Read an essay by David Cohen in the Washington Post on why education reform keeps failing Read a summary at Education Week of an online debate between Cohen and his colleague Michael Petrilli on how to raise the status of the teaching profession View more HUP titles on Education Policy and Practice
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