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Problems of practice

I love teaching blocksPart of the reason I chose the MAT@USC program is because I am very interested in reform and policy making, and one of the foci of USC’s program is on problems of practice within the field of education.  So far, I have learned a lot about the realities of issues that teachers face in their classrooms everyday in this country.  I know that the academic perspective that I am acquiring will sometimes be challenged and sometimes be reinforced once I move into the Guided Practice (student teaching) segment of the program.

I am excited about gaining experience in the classroom so that when (if!) I move into an administrative position, I will know what it is like to be a teacher in a classroom.  These of course, are my plans for right now.  Maybe I will enter a classroom and never want to leave!  Who knows?  But I am definitely interested in problems of practice and possible solutions.

This week will be my first week back in a classroom since the Framing Course.  This will be my first opportunity to apply knowledge about learning diversity, learning theory, and problems of practice that I have acquired in the program to classroom observations. I’m looking forward to it!

As an aside, I had the opportunity to hear Cindy McCain (USC Rossier Alumna!) speak about problems of practice in the field of education at the Rossier 100th Anniversary Gala. Rossier is establishing a travel fellowship in her name for future MAT@USC students! Here is a link to a news article about the Gala.

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