on May 17, 2003
Focus on Teaching
I really enjoyed your idea of turning our perspective inside-out,
focusing on teaching rather than the implementation of curriculum.
I find that this resonates with what we hear from our colleagues who
spend their time focused on the integration of technology. They would
say that, "Itís not about the technology, but itís about how itís
used." So generally speaking, itís not about the stuff, itís about the
I'm not sure I agree with your statement that, "If you want to have
better teachers, give them something better to teach." Sure, having
exemplary curriculum is a good thing, but it isn't the determining
factor. I would be interested in other views on this, but I think TWO
of the key success factors is helping teachers reflect on their
teaching (metacognition), and then comparing their own practice to
examples of successful instruction (dialogue).
- Jim Vanides (jimvanides @ att.net)