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Topic: Professional Development

Topic Posted by: Melissa Cheung
Date Posted: Mon Feb 15 5:10:45 US/Eastern 1999
Topic Description: What are your beliefs about how people learn? How does your teaching style and school system work to accommodate how people learn?

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Posted by: Phyllis K. Appler
Organization:Alvirne High School, Hudson NH
Date posted: Wed Mar 17 22:38:06 US/Eastern 1999
Subject: Biology
Last semester with a good student teacher who could hold down the fort for the last few minutes of the school day, I was able to travel to Boston each Thursday to take a course in Symbiosis through the BU Biology (and Science Education) Departments. The material was difficult, the reading an exercise in concentration, the journal writing time consuming, the research paper and presentation a whole new experience, and it was one of the best courses I have ever taken. We learned from the reading and the lectures, but the reflective journaling, the cooperative and pair activities, and the labs all modeled methods of learning and assessment which I was able to take back and use with my students in other areas of study. I was constantly turned on to learning during that whole semester, but tired! My district supported me in taking that course. It cost $728 per credit hour, so almost $3000 for the four credit course. I found out yesterday that the school district's budget for the year for teachers attending classes is $30.000! I had unwittingly used ten percent of the whole district's continuing education budget to take one class! Obviously, the district does not believe that educating its teachers has a very high priority. Any ideas on how to open the eyes of the school board and budget committee on this issue? Phyllis Appler

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