I was dozing on the sofa last night, listening to Alec Baldwin interview Gene Wilder on TCM. While the discussion was not James Lipton-esque, I couldn't help but think of all those Inside the Actors Studio pieces I'd watched. Since my brain was in drift mode, it didn't seem to be a far leap to get to wondering what a Teachers Studio would look like.
This seemed like an interesting idea.
What if you had a highly selective school devoted to both training teachers---and enhancing their craft? It would have to be staffed by master teachers (not necessarily education profs/researchers) and perhaps attract an "Artist in Residence," such as Thomas Guskey or Linda Darling-Hammond, once in awhile. Do you think being a very exclusive place to learn the art and science of teaching would attract a particular kind of clientele---one which might not consider the profession now? What about being a site where experienced teachers would come for intensive inservice in a particular area in order to perfect their craft? It would be a retreat for people to celebrate teaching.
There are plenty of bubble-bursting details I could add to this, but for the moment, I'm liking it. What an interesting way to elevate the perception of classroom work---both for teachers and for the public at large. Anybody with me?