Learners who graduate from this type of program, I would argue, are more than likely going to create classrooms that replicate the current values and structures we are trying to move beyond.
Teacher Education: Where We Are
Mark Sonnemann

I would say the goal of most programs is to guide new teachers to adopt what the industry considers “best practices”—even if those practices aren’t very good and certainly aren’t working. I don’t understand how we hope to enable students to grow as independent learners when their teachers aren’t allowed to grow as independent learners themselves.

The fact is we don’t know what the hell we are doing. Which means, every teacher should be experimenting and trying to figure things out. That requires developing good feedback loops—and a good way to develop good feedback loops is to help teachers start uncovering subconscious theories of action and developing conscious theories of action instead. At a minimum, it would help us stop doing the same things over and over again.

I look forward to reading more about your re-imagined lead learner training program!

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