Teaching the Unteachable

Teaching the Unteachable

I ended my career working side by side with teachers who taught students from two parent, single parent, foster parent, and even transient homes.  Year after year, new standards, new instructional programs, new intervention kits, new behavior modification programs; nothing new that was tried could raise the school's scores to the top of the rating measure.  Teachers in my building, my friends, fretted  and worried themselves sick day after day that their students' data would not show that their instruction was "highly effective", or sometimes even "effective", based on the set standard benchmarks.  Lots of instructional time was spent on standardized assessments of the standards-gathering more data, graphing data points on the various standardized formative assessments to pinpoint each student's specific academic mastery and nonmastery of the multitude of itemized standards in Math and Language Arts.  Behavior of students continued to be an instructional distraction.  Students were unable to sit for uninterrupted instruction in math or reading, they did not...
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Join Me!

Join Me!

I was just watching the marathon of past seasons from Vikings on the History channel when the preview for season 4 showed Ragnar Lothbrook telling his warriors to stop looking backward; that's not where they're going. So true...how many wasted glances are behind us when we should be focused on moving forward. If you are ready to move forward and leave the negativity of standards and standardized testing that don't apply to the very unique and diverse students you educate, then save the date and join me June 6 and 7, 2016, to Motivate, Differentiate, Collaborate, and Celebrate this beautiful career we are called to: Teaching....
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