Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Last Months Of School

I can vividly remember the teachers who had a positive impact on my life and everyone remembers their favorite teachers.   BUT,  how many Girl smiling w homeworkof us fondly remember a standardized test we took?

What everyone’s favorite teacher inspired in them was confidence, resilience, and perseverance.  These are the things that will matter for a lifetime of learning and therefore long term success.

What do you think?

The Testing Turmoil

“Kids want to learn, unless we make it dull and frustrating.” – Steve Nelson, Head of the Calhoun School, NY.

I’m seeing our children suffer from competing interests that put them in the background instead of the forefront of our education efforts. Instructional time is diminishing, focus on test statistics is growing in prominence, but the real test is what our children learn and what they take with them for the rest of their lives.

Education should be about creating skilled learners and effective citizens who can adapt to the pace of our world, not what they do on a particular test, over an hour, a day or several days.

Measuring performance is necessary but performance metrics alone do not guarantee a good long term outcome.

As an educator and advocate for children, each day continues to be about working towards solutions, and sometimes that simply means taking time to listen to a child.