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

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Are teachers the ones who are behind?

A recent study found that teachers have a relative weakness in teaching higher-order thinking, such as "analysis and problem solving" and "using investigation and problem-based approaches." Do you agree? 

In a recent Teacher Beat blog post, Education Week reporter Stephen Sawchuk writes about a recent study that scored thousands of teacher lessons against a variety of teaching frameworks and found that teachers did well with procedural tasks, such as planning and behavior management, but had more difficulty with tasks that involve higher-order skills, such as “analysis and problem solving,” “using investigation/problem-based approaches,” and finding “relevance to history and current events.”

What do you think? In your experience, do teachers, in general, have a relative weakness in teaching higher-order thinking? Has the recent federal emphasis on testing and accountability affected teachers’ classroom practices? What does this mean for teachers who will soon need to implement the Common Core State Standards, which require a focus on higher-order reasoning and analytical skills?

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