03 Apr The Quarterback Teacher
In an article published in the New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell compares the challenges of hiring quality teachers with the impossibility of predicting which college quarterbacks will emerge as standouts in the NFL. He demonstrates, in that uniquely Gladwell-ian format, how the on-the-ground tasks of an educator translate into effective teaching yet how elusive those skills can be to observers or teacher trainers. How do you teach a would-be-teacher to balance direct feedback with maintaining order?
Gladwell offers some ideas and solutions to this problem that fall in line with the ideas of Katherine Boles, Senior Lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education, as outlined in the book she co-authored with Vivian Troen,“Who’s Teaching Your Children: Why the Teaching Crisis Is Worse Than You Think and What Can Be Done About It”. They suggest we construct “Millennium Schools” in which there are numerous layers to the teaching profession in order to provide opportunities for beginner and master teachers alike to develop.