Super Teacher's Job is Never Done!

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:

Un-schooling’: Kids decide what they want to learn

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. 

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