Quoting Dave and John Xandegar
Hey Wes! I see you started this one a while back, and although not an Educator, being a Father of five gives me some definite opinions about how difficult an Educator's Job can be. How crippling is it to have a "No Child Left Behind" Policy? Yes, it's an attempt to make it "fair", but is it really practical? Leveling the playing field is an almost impossible task when it comes to the diverse difference of ability each Child has. THEN, every Child within themselves have strong and weak subjects. It's always been an Educator's task to juggle so much in this arena already...it just seems slightly unrealistic to me. Hopefully, I'm wrong...am I?
Unfortunately, Dave, you're right. Add to that the fact that standardized tests are often used to compare one group to another rather than the child's progress from year to year. On top of that, there's the matter of student motivation -- regardless of what people might think, it doesn't matter how much or even how material is presented in class, if a child doesn't want to learn, is incapable of learning (special needs because of learning disabilities such as dyslexia or emotional issues), or doesn't have the necessary support system to faclilitate learning (i.e. caring and encouraging adults) then the child isn't going to learn much. We can make some progress, but for every success there's also a failure somewhere along the line. Keep in mind this is all just my personal opinion and not based on research or fact. Do I want kids to succeed? Yes. Do I do everything I can to help them succeed? I certainly hope I do. Do I hold my students to high standards and expections? Definitely. My personal standard for an excellent school year is that when the kids hit the door in June they are better readers, writers, thinkers, communicators, and hopefully people (in some small way) than when they came in my door in August. I don't always get there, but I do my best to try every year.
With that said, I know that I'm not one of the more popular teachers at my school but I don't care. I'm there to teach, not to be liked.
Ok, getting off my soapbox now. Permalink
School starts in two weeks. Bummer.
Just found out I've now got a smart board installed in my room. Perhaps I'll use it to show Lego animations of scenes from classic literature. Yeah, as if I have the time to make those. Permalink