As a public educator, I aim to share my story with those interested about what really happens inside today's classroom. I hope my stories inspire, educate, and entertain you, as the calling of teaching is never neat or predictable. Please note that my blog content does not necessarily reflect the viewpoints or beliefs of my school district or colleagues.
Super Teacher's Job is Never Done!
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Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions. ~ Author Unknown
My goal is to reveal one teacher's humble journey of self-reflection, critical analysis, and endless questioning about my craft of teaching and learning alongside my middle school students.
"The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called 'truth'." ~ Dan Rather
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Letting Kids Decide What They Want to Learn...
This video clip from the TODAY Show is interesting and definitely worth watching:
TODAY’s Matt Lauer sits down with child and teen development expert Robyn Silverman, who explains “un-schooling,” a home-schooling concept that includes no tests, curriculum, or rules. (Click the link below to see the video, inspiring!)
Some follow-up comments from a former colleague:
This is interesting. I am a 20 year home-school parent/veteran. We did not "un-school" but followed a curriculum, however, using the curriculum as framework we critically explored many a topic!
In reference to the news clip, I have met plenty of home schooling parents and children over the years and discussed some ideas of 'un-schooling'. It is great in theory but as mentioned in the news clip, a parent and child need to be highly creative, motivated and dedicated. So many home schooled children fall through the cracks of their own kitchen floors.
Also there are plenty of un-schooling parents who do so to protect their child from the evils of society. How are these children going to adapt to the wicked world when they enter the work force? How are they going to think for themselves when they enter society without their parents influence?
Yes, un-schooling would be great with the creative, motivated, dedicated parents. But watch-out! It isn't for everyone.
On another topic, I had to laugh on Matt's concern on missing out on tests as assessment.