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Inside the Classroom: The Teaching Experience From Two Different Perspectives

In the effort to improve public education, some people are taking a fresh look at teacher training. That preparation can vary widely from colleges of education to alternative certification programs. Two instructors — one a veteran and the other still a student himself — tell their experience. Montrel Lacour is a senior at the University […]

inside the classroom, veteran instructorIn the effort to improve public education, some people are taking a fresh look at teacher training. That preparation can vary widely from colleges of education to alternative certification programs.

Two instructors — one a veteran and the other still a student himself — tell their experience.

Montrel Lacour is a senior at the University of Houston and wants to teach biology. He’s preparing with the program teachHOUSTON and was paired with a mentor teacher this past school year.

He watched veteran biology instructor Paloma Garner in her classroom and even taught a few lessons to her students at Davis High School in north Houston. They recently chatted about that experience.

(Above: Paloma Garner, a veteran biology instructor at Davis High School, and Montrel Lacour, a senior at the University of Houston who wants to teach biology, and is a participant in teachHOUSTON.)

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