Inspiring Educators Who Inspire Future Leaders
How do we utilize teaching standards while teaching in “authentic,” developmentally appropriate ways? This is the fundamental question at the heart of the national debate on standardize testing and the Common Core. Like blogger, Katrina Schwartz, I believe “the standards are the learning goal, the “what” of education, but there are many approaches to how those standards are taught.” We must get pass the notion that standards somehow restrict teaching and remember the standards are meant to give teachers “a common language to talk about one another’s ideas” while also giving students a consistency of instruction from teacher to teacher. Good teaching instruction is done in “creative, meaningful ways.” It also seeks to keep students “engaged in their own learning.” Ultimately, I believe (in order for our schools to survive) we must strive to strike a balance between maintaining authentic teaching practices while also creating uniform methods to “ensure our learning goals” are met on behalf of every child. Check out Katrina Schwartz’s blog on Mind/Shift.