“I used to have a C but now I have a B.”
“That’s wonderful, how’d you manage that?”
“I did good on my summative.”
Stellar work from a 10th grade student @ Mariana Bracetti Academy circa May 2013
reflections and learnings on early factory life
Over the past several days, students in Ms. DeSalvo’s room have learned the ins and outs of urbanization and factory life from the 1850s through the 1920s.The topics focused on the power of innovation and the daily stresses of factory living. I was particularly tuned in because of the recent media coverage on the tragedy in Bangladesh.
Today’s lesson focused on the differences between artisan production and factory production and the benefits and drawbacks of each.
But the test had one feature that shocked this test-taker and surely others who noticed it: product placement.
As a student who takes these tests year after year, I (and many others) can testify to the nonsensical and, at times, illogical qualities of many test passages and questions. Last year, for example, Pearson had to throw out six questions onits eighth grade English test that followed a perplexing fable with the moral, “Pineapples don’t have sleeves”. I thought that nothing could be worse than that test. I was wrong.
image via flickr:CC | gingerbeardman
A wonderful commentary —from a student nonetheless. You will be impressed.
Diagnosed with autism at age 2, told he would never learn to read, now 14 years old and working on a Master’s degree in quantum physics.
If you’re looking for an inspiration today, look no further than Jacob Barnett.
I like his mom’s concept of “muchness”: Surrond children with what they love, be it art, science, sports or whatever, and they will develop more fully than molding them to a design would ever allow.
What do you think of teachers wearing scrubs?
I have seen teachers in our school district wear scrubs and I think I am gonna start following this trend. They look comfy and are tough.
When are they wearing the scrubs? On dress-down days? On a PD day or day with no students? I do understand a need to feel comfortable, but as other people stated it would be unusual save for a nursing student/teacher or someone in the health profession.
I asked for a list of questions I use in my one-on-one conversations with students. A lot of the joy of these conversations comes from further questions - asking why, asking how this or that affected them. Asking further questions is something that comes easily to me, but I’ve definitely…
Testing is (finally!) done, so we get to go back to doing awesome projects.
Today, I read “The Best Part of Me”, a beautiful book where kids talk about their favorite parts of their bodies. My kids then picked their favorite parts of their bodies and wrote paragraphs or poems about them. They also got to use the ipad to take pictures of each other, which was cute to watch and turned out really nicely. We’re going to put them on the wall and then turn it into a book, but these are a few of the picture highlights.
Perfect sentiment for Teacher Appreciation Week here on tumblr #education!
Think of a teacher that made a difference in your life; helped you succeed, or got you through something difficult. Take a few minutes to go to the school’s website and send them an email. Nothing means more to a teacher than knowing they made a positive difference in a student’s life.