Lake Mills teacher says we need to make sure teachers are adequately prepared

Lake Mills Middle School band teacher Brad Klotz, a WEAC member, says teachers who go through recognized training are best equipped to succeed in the classroom.

Klotz was interviewed Thursday (January 22, 2015) in his classroom by WKOW-TV, Channel 27, in Madison in response to Governor Walker’s announcement that he will propose allowing potential teachers with “real life experience” to become licensed by passing a competency test.

Klotz said people taking the proposed, alternate route to the classroom would miss out on valuable information he picked up while majoring in education at UW-Whitewater.

“Going through the requirements to get there is as important, if not more important, than just the experience and knowledge of a subject,” Klotz said.

Klotz said people wishing to work as teachers should all have to go through a semester of student teaching like he did as a student. He said that prepares future teachers to better-interact with their kids.

“In addition to knowing what to teach, we need to make sure the educators in our classrooms know how to teach, and the most effective way to do so,” Klotz said.

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