Thoughts from a reflective educator.
One of my jobs at my current school is work on mathematics enrichment projects with three 4th grade students. For the past couple of weeks, in between their camps, my camp, and other end of year events, we have been working on looking into a mathematics modelling task, specifically, a fork catapult. The 4th grade boys and I completed this project over a series of 3 lessons with me, and 2 more lessons working on it independently between our sessions.
Every form of assessment of learning has bias. This bias may be hidden, or it may be quite obvious. As Cathy O'Neil points out, assessment is a proxy for what we want to measure - learning. We cannot measure the building of connections between neurons that is happening in the brain directly (or even potentially understand what that growth even means) so we use a proxy in the form of an assessment of the externally visible signs of learning.
President Obama recently unveiled a plan to have broadband Internet access in every school across the United States by 2018. There's only one huge problem with that plan; according to the US government's own research, as of 2006, there was only one computer for every four students, and many of those computers are old.
I'm grateful that I work in a school where I do not believe that any of these (updated) lyrics by Pikku Myy apply. Via the Blue Skunk blog.
You sit there sullen,
Others determine your fate,
In you, I see me.
These are some things I wish I learned in my teacher training:
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I talked to someone recently about first aid training, and they expressed their frustration at how ineffective first aid training usually is.
I'm working on a presentation on creating presentations.
What other advice would you offer?