Archive | January 2014

The Times They Are…

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Based on events of the last year, it appears that change is imminent at my school.  The direction of the wind seems favorable, but time will tell.  In the meantime, some thoughts: we have a need, not to reform, but to transform.  If we cannot answer “why?” a current practice is in place, it must be discarded.  We must be willing to have these discussions in earnest; lip-service is insufficient.

It is clear that what is required is a transformation of our classroom practice.  Transmission of information is a consequence of what we do, not the goal.  It should be hoped that technology will play a supporting, not leading, role.  Rather than being shoe-horned in for its own sake, appropriate technology should be utilized in support of real, genuine work.  Assessment should be utilized in the support of growth.  Until we are throwing in the towel, all assessments should be formative.  Assessments must be real; real projects intended to be shared with a larger audience as opposed to papers for the teacher’s eyes only, one more thing to be marked and discarded.  We need interdisciplinary connection.  We must be willing to try one radical thing every semester.  We must be student-responsive. Read More…

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