On February 23, the WestCAST 2012 conference kicked off with a keynote address by Dr. Deborah Ball, dean of the University of Michigan School of Education. Dr. Ball’s talk, “Great Teachers are not Born—They’re Taught”, challenged the widespread belief that teaching is an art that has to be figured out individually, and that it is primarily a matter of personal style. Ball believes that teaching responsibly is highly skilled and unnatural work, and that leaving its development to chance puts learners at risk and reduces the profession to little more than commonsense. She says that what is needed is to articulate the capabilities fundamental to responsible teaching and to develop strong infrastructure for their development.
Click on the links below to listen and watch to her presentation
Introduction by Dr. Brent Davis
Dr. Deborah Ball talk “Great Teachers are not Born—They’re Taught”