Posted in assessment on December 28th, 2006 Comments Off on “NCLB is forcing me to teach to the test.”
I’m afraid I have very little use for teachers whose first reaction to any accountability measures — particularly those of NCLB — is shock, indignation, and lame rhetoric like that in the post title above. Ron Wolk describes the educational heroism of Rhode Island and New Hampshire in Teacher Magazine:
Posted in assessment, mailbag on December 27th, 2006 6 Comments »
I’m hereby pushing any questions about assessment into the foreground. I don’t have any insight into maintaining a clean classroom and my kids are still acclimating to Web 1.0, much less all these wikis y’all gush over. But if I’ve got anything to merit this bandwidth-suck, it’s an interest in meaningful assessment.
Kay asked some great questions in the comments. I’ll try to keep things concise, but I’m easily excited sometimes.
Posted in uncategorized on December 26th, 2006 1 Comment »
Hey, so if you’re coming by from The Practical Theorist and sensing the dust, um, can I ask you to swing back by sometime soon?
At the moment, I’m halfway through transferring posts over from a personal blog and oughtta have this place fully populated by the end of Winter Break. I took off for Christmas telling myself it’d require too much happenstance for someone to click through to this skeleton of a blog.
But apparently Chris checks his referral logs over Christmas or something. Nice to be announced but, man, I can’t help but feel a twinge of pity for his kids.
I’ve been moving through past seasons of The Wire, as seems to be the mandatory assignment of every bleeding-heart white blogger nowadays. All these hosannahs — “… the reason Edison invented television,” etc. — have left me feeling cold, however.
Posted in anecdotes on November 30th, 2006 1 Comment »
Let’s all admit that we call people and sometimes wish for voicemail. It’s just easier sometimes to transmit basic information if you don’t have to deal with all the pleasantries.
Tonight I prayed for voicemail.