Why Does everybody know how to teach except front line teachers?

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  1. Irishdave

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    Why Does everybody know how to teach except front line teachers?

    Why is it that we see very few front line teachers giving workshops?
    We see many used to be teachers. We see foundations. We see "think tanks" for education and College instructors.
    Most have not seen the inside of a elementary or secondary classroom for years OR only were in the classroom a short time?
     
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    Hmmm...interesting! My guess is only that maybe because most current teachers can't take the time off to teach a workshop? I dunno....
     
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    I went to a workshop last summer that had two current teachers conducting it. Of course, because it was during the summer, their schedules allowed for it.
     
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    MOST OF THE WORKSHOPS I HAVE GONE TO ARE AS ABOVE.
    :mad::unsure:
     
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    I went to a grade level conference and a reading conference that both had teachers presenting the workshops. I continue to go to those because they have teachers presenting. What they contribute can be used in the classroom immediately. I have been to others that just weren't relevant because the presenters did not have current classroom knowledge.
     
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    That is what I am findingg
     
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    I think it's like parenting. Every childless adult is a parenting expert until they get kids of their own. I'm guilty of that. Everyone is an education expert until they find themselves in the trenches dealing with 25 munchikns at different ability levels, different social levels, different challenges, language barriers, personalities, and find out the rules seem to change daily or even hourly (in the dealing with groups of munchkins and their ever changing moods and needs.)
     
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    But seriously, the best workshops I have been to were given by teachers recently out of the classroom. They are the ones who say "Here's what worked for me; take what you can or whatever you like and make it work for you. I don't care if you follow my examples to a T." I went to a spelling workshop last April that was lead by this gal.
     

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