published by David Wees on Sat, 07/07/2012 - 16:27
This is a bit of an experiment in collaborative writing. How it works is that you copy this entire post verbatim, and add one thing to the list below. If you put this on a blog, please tag this post with "goodschoolproject" if possible to make these posts easier to find later.
Good schools focus on the learners, not the system.
You are free to share and modify this post, but whomever you share it with must enjoy the same freedom.
I think this comic speaks for itself. How do your assessments fit into the big picture? Is this clear to your students? (I doubt many educators are giving students assessments that a monkey could be taught to do.)
published by David Wees on Sat, 06/02/2012 - 12:58
Almost everyone I meet tells me when I first introduce myself that they are horrible at remembering names. I am patient with them and am happy to repeat my name for this person several times.
Why should we expect someone to remember our name the first time? It's essentially a random piece of information which has no relationship to who we are as people. We learn names by immersion (other people around use the name), by repetition, in context, and by using the name ourselves.