How We Let Student Teachers Down
Greg McVerry

Another Important ‘Education Reform’ Effort

As an Emeritus faculty member of the University of Connecticut, I’m proud to acknowledge that UCONN has their education majors in actual classrooms a great deal. As noted in this post, there is a tremendous upside to such efforts. I’ve been told that one consequence of UCONN’s approach is the limited number of students they believe they can enroll in the program.

I am flabbergasted (how about that word — from an engineer no less…) that I’m about to reach ten years as an Emeritus faculty member. So I’m not sure what the program is today; but I expect it is still quite rigorous. One point I always wondered about ‘back in the day’ was why there wasn’t more faculty / student interaction during and related to the classroom experiences these pre-service teachers were having. (For that matter, I was always troubled by the lack of faculty / student interaction during the co-ops and internships of our engineering students; I tried to do that but, sadly, my advisees rarely engaged.)

A good friend of mine is a retired school principal. He indeed is now one of the classroom observers for one of the local universities. I’m quite comfortable suggesting his students are getting a good ‘student teaching’ experience.