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
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
High-Stakes Testing: Occupy the Department of Education
This is worth reading and learning more about.....
Dear HGSE Community,
Last year, one of our colleagues on our list serve publicized a conference in Washington, DC, put on by Save Our Schools. It was a conference that empowered me and helped me to better understand the various education reforms throughout the country, some of which have tremendous negative impacts on our students’ learning.
Today, I want you all to know about another conference/ occupation. March 30th through April 2nd, United Opt Out with members of the Save Our Schools will occupy the Department of Education in Washington, DC. Join leading education activists from around the country as they discuss how high-stakes testing has dramatically changed the quality of teaching in many school districts. Learn how common sense legislation has negative unintended consequences on our public schools. Through this occupation we will re-envision our public schools so that we can empower our students through high quality teaching and learning. Many students in urban school districts, especially those living in high poverty, have not had access to the best education or the best teaching methodologies. Due to the high-stakes testing movement of the last 12 years, many teachers have been prevented from teaching subjects other than reading, writing, and math and have been prevented from using inquiry based methodologies, as well as, teaching for deeper understanding. As members of the T-440 list serve, as blessed students of Eleanor, it may be in our students’ best interests to understand this $25 billion testing industry and how it has tied the hands of exceptional educators. We know the value of questioning, analyzing, of wondering, and looking at the moon. We need to allow time for our students to do the same. Below is the link to the occupation where you can follow it through a live streaming channel. Thank you.