|How do I learn to teach people to use this stuff?|
It may not be long before I have a job that involves me teaching "methods" courses. I look forward to that opportunity, but dread the feeling that I'd be creating such courses essentially from scratch. It's happened to a few colleagues of mine, and it seems a bit silly that we folks in curriculum and instruction don't have more organization and purposeful, shared design in our curriculum and instruction for preservice teacher methods courses.
Here at CU-Boulder we have a math and science seminar that meets about every three weeks and the topics of the seminar change year to year. This year, pushed by myself and a few others, some of us (including @jybuell) are studying the design of methods courses in math and science. As a first step, we're looking at what others are doing elsewhere, and here's where I'd like some help. Do you have a syllabus or story to share about methods classes you've taught or taken? If you send those my way (to firstname.lastname@example.org) or comment about them in the comments, I'll continue to write about what I find and learn as the year progresses, and hope to have methods course lesson plans and scope and sequence documents to share by the end of the year.