In all truth, if we had been In a face-to-face class, we would have had a round table discussion about what makes a good school experience versus what makes for a bad classroom experience. In order to bring that conversation into play in our own online space, it's important to look back at where we started this class in week one.
Thing to think about first . . .
The premise behind asking you this first question, "what is your best/worst learning experiences" is simple: research indicates that teacher classroom practice is influenced by how a particular teacher was taught as a student far more than any methods course you might take as a pre-service teacher, a sobering thought given how many of you wrote about bad classroom experiences.
Thing to think about second. . .
You've all been students far longer than you have been teachers at this point. I myself have not yet quite even passed that line. I'm about at 50/50 if we don't count graduate work (though I do). So it's important to consider and critique our own experiences as students.
Think to think about third. . .
We don't teach in a vacuum. We teach in a wider world where everyone and anyone can have an opinion about education. Mike Rose says (in a different text than the one we are reading) that no one would ever invite the general public to be "a urologist for a day," but everyone and their brother, somehow, can be "a teacher for a day." We treat teachers, like nuns and priests, as called to the work, a vocation rather than a job or a career, and, thus, it allows governments and the public to treat teachers as less deserving of equal pay and equal work--we don't even have to get into the gender dynamics to make that point. So think about what you and your classmates read about in education news. What are the many diverse issues that teachers have to face in the classroom (and out) today? And how does that intersect with what we know about best practices.
Finally, Post: A Class-Generated list of Best Practices.
I'm looking for a class list of sorts of best practices. So rather than post your list of best practices, I'd like for folks to post in response to the person who posted before them, adding to and subtracting from or qualifying/explaining what the person before you posted. This is a unique way of running a discussion board that asks students to pay careful attention to what is being said and to build a response that considers what everyone had to say.