Miami’s department of teacher education guides student teachers and those now leading their own classrooms through unprecedented times

By Margo Kissell, university news and communications

As Miami University resumes in-person classes this week, faculty and students are shifting gears — just as they did six months ago when the COVID-19 pandemic unexpectedly forced everyone to move online.Brian Schultz

Brian Schultz

Brian Schultz, professor and chair of teacher education in the College of Education, Health and Society, (EHS) said his faculty are well-prepared in terms of their deep understanding of curriculum and pedagogy, so changing course is something they do well. But, he added, it isn’t easy.

Over the past six months, they have leveraged resources provided through Miami’s Center for Teaching Excellence, Office of eLearning and the Howe Center for Writing Excellence.

“Others have drawn from their own experiences developing online curriculum and pedagogy — many faculty have gone through significant professional development in this area,” he said.

“Perhaps most gratifying is seeing the faculty lean on each others’

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Non-traditional education, unprecedented times | BusinessWorld

Progressive, non-traditional schools emphasize experiential learning and holistic development, with the approach varying on the institution’s philosophy. 

By Mariel Alison L. Aguinaldo

Progressive, non-traditional education for children is becoming more attractive to parents amid COVID-19, said George Carey, founder and chief executive officer of The Family Room Strategic Consulting Group, a research and brand strategy consultancy firm. 

According to firm’s Passion Points Study, a quarterly consumer survey across 14 markets, parents believe that life skills such as determination, confidence, and creativity are better predictors of their children’s success over excellence in academic fields like math and science.

The latter is often the focus of traditional schools, wherein students are lectured in classroom settings and assessed by their knowledge of academic subjects. Some members of the academe have criticized this “one-size-fits-all” approach, noting that students have different ways of learning.

On the other hand, progressive, non-traditional schools emphasize experiential learning

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