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  • Right now

  • there is an aspiring teacher

  • who is working on a 60-page paper

  • based on some age-old education theory

  • developed by some dead education professor

  • wondering to herself what this task

  • that she's engaging in

  • has to do with what she wants to do with her life,

  • which is be an educator,

  • change lives, and spark magic.

  • Right now there is an aspiring teacher

  • in a graduate school of education

  • who is watching a professor babble on and on

  • about engagement

  • in the most disengaging way possible.

  • Right now

  • there's a first-year teacher at home

  • who is pouring through lesson plans

  • trying to make sense of standards,

  • who is trying to make sense of how to grade students appropriately,

  • while at the same time saying to herself

  • over and over again,

  • "Don't smile till November,"

  • because that's what she was taught

  • in her teacher education program.

  • Right now there's a student

  • who is coming up with a way

  • to convince his mom or dad

  • that he's very, very sick

  • and can't make it to school tomorrow.

  • On the other hand, right now

  • there are amazing educators

  • that are sharing information,

  • information that is shared in such a beautiful way

  • that the students are sitting at the edge of their seats

  • just waiting for a bead of sweat

  • to drop off the face of this person

  • so they can soak up all that knowledge.

  • Right now there is also a person

  • who has an entire audience rapt with attention,

  • a person that is weaving a powerful narrative

  • about a world

  • that the people who are listening

  • have never imagined or seen before,

  • but if they close their eyes tightly enough,

  • they can envision that world

  • because the storytelling is so compelling.

  • Right now there's a person who can tell an audience

  • to put their hands up in the air

  • and they will stay there till he says,

  • "Put them down."

  • Right now.

  • So people will then say,

  • "Well, Chris, you describe the guy

  • who is going through some awful training

  • but you're also describing these powerful educators.

  • If you're thinking about the world of education

  • or urban education in particular,

  • these guys will probably cancel each other out,

  • and then we'll be okay."

  • The reality is, the folks I described

  • as the master teachers,

  • the master narrative builders,

  • the master storytellers

  • are far removed from classrooms.

  • The folks who know the skills about how to teach

  • and engage an audience

  • don't even know what teacher certification means.

  • They may not even have the degrees

  • to be able to have anything

  • to call an education.

  • And that to me is sad.

  • It's sad because the people who I described,

  • they were very disinterested in the learning process,

  • want to be effective teachers,

  • but they have no models.

  • I'm going to paraphrase Mark Twain.

  • Mark Twain says that proper preparation,

  • or teaching,

  • is so powerful that it can turn bad morals to good,

  • it can turn awful practices into powerful ones,

  • it can change men and transform them

  • into angels.

  • The folks who I described earlier

  • got proper preparation in teaching,

  • not in any college or university,

  • but by virtue of just being in the same spaces of those who engage.

  • Guess where those places are?

  • Barber shops,

  • rap concerts, and most importantly,

  • in the black church.

  • And I've been framing this idea called Pentecostal pedagogy.

  • Who here has been to a black church?

  • We got a couple of hands.

  • You go to a black church,

  • their preacher starts off

  • and he realizes that he has to engage the audience,

  • so he starts off with this sort of wordplay

  • in the beginning oftentimes,

  • and then he takes a pause,

  • and he says, "Oh my gosh, they're not quite paying attention."

  • So he says, "Can I get an amen?"

  • Audience: Amen.

  • Chris Emdin: So I can I get an amen? Audience: Amen.

  • CE: And all of a sudden, everybody's reawoken.

  • That preacher bangs on the pulpit for attention.

  • He drops his voice at a very, very low volume

  • when he wants people to key into him,

  • and those things are the skills that we need

  • for the most engaging teachers.

  • So why does teacher education

  • only give you theory and theory

  • and tell you about standards and tell you about

  • all of these things that have nothing to do

  • with the basic skills, that magic that you need

  • to engage an audience, to engage a student?

  • So I make the argument that we reframe teacher education,

  • that we could focus on content, and that's fine,

  • and we could focus on theories, and that's fine,

  • but content and theories

  • with the absence of the magic

  • of teaching and learning means nothing.

  • Now people oftentimes say, "Well, magic is just magic."

  • There are teachers who,

  • despite all their challenges, who have those skills,

  • get into those schools and are able to engage an audience,

  • and the administrator walks by and says,

  • "Wow, he's so good, I wish all my teachers could be that good."

  • And when they try to describe what that is,

  • they just say, "He has that magic."

  • But I'm here to tell you

  • that magic can be taught.

  • Magic can be taught.

  • Magic can be taught.

  • Now, how do you teach it?

  • You teach it by allowing people

  • to go into those spaces

  • where the magic is happening.

  • If you want to be an aspiring teacher in urban education,

  • you've got to leave the confines of that university

  • and go into the hood.

  • You've got to go in there and hang out at the barbershop,

  • you've got to attend that black church,

  • and you've got to view those folks

  • that have the power to engage

  • and just take notes on what they do.

  • At our teacher education classes at my university,

  • I've started a project where every single student

  • that comes in there sits and watches rap concerts.

  • They watch the way that the rappers move

  • and talk with their hands.

  • They study the way that he walks proudly across that stage.

  • They listen to his metaphors and analogies,

  • and they start learning these little things

  • that if they practice enough

  • becomes the key to magic.

  • They learn that if you just stare at a student

  • and raise your eyebrow about a quarter of an inch,

  • you don't have to say a word

  • because they know that that means that you want more.

  • And if we could transform teacher education

  • to focus on teaching teachers

  • how to create that magic

  • then poof! we could make dead classes come alive,

  • we could reignite imaginations,

  • and we can change education.

  • Thank you.

  • (Applause)

Right now

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【TED】Christopher Emdin: Teach teachers how to create magic (Christopher Emdin: Teach teachers how to create magic)

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    CUChou posted on 2015/03/17
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