November Faculty Meeting

8 Nov

2 Responses to “November Faculty Meeting”

  1. Mary Lou Donahoe November 12, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    Maryann thank you for your blunt comment. I agree with you. I know you differentiate a lot in your classroom. I am a fan of your teaching!! It is pathetic to me that we need to “drug” children to make them comply with the status quo. Children need instruction that meet their needs. Stephen Krashen coined the term :Comprehensible input” that means to teach children to their comprehensible level… in other words “where they are at cognitively” or in the case of ESOL students at their “language acquisition level”. We do not need to label children because they cannot understand us in the classroom, we need to “reach” them. Standardized testing does nothing to demonstrate the student’s knowledge as they are biased. Project Based Learning is an amazing tool to reach all children at their level and that fits under the CCSS. It is a great approach to teaching. If we want to reach students we need to meet them where they are at in their cognitive level or language acquisition level. The old models have to go. Children are not learning the same way today as they learned long time ago regardless of their culture or country of origin. I agree with you Ken Robinson’s lessons should be the standard we hold ourselves in our teaching.

  2. Maryann November 10, 2012 at 7:17 am #

    I am a big fan of Ken Robinson and his vision on American Education! Is this the vision for Hooksett? I am not sure we are moving in the direction he supports-? We- our children- are buried in conformity, standardized curriculum and standardized testing! We must ask ourselves if we are providingTHAT Aesthetic Experience? Are our kids fully alive – fully present in their learning? Speaking for myself, sadly I would say- no…. not all the time. Ken Robinson should be the standard we all hold ourselves to! Now there’s some great PD work- explore TEDTalks -“ideas that are truly worth spreading!”

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