Just Saying…

200wIts NOT:

  • implementing a new curriculum
  • 21st century teaching & learning
  • building inclusive classrooms
  • learning through inquiry
  • project-based learning
  • standards-based grading
  • <insert something else you think you ‘have to do’>

Its about all of us getting our collective sh*t together and doing what people have known for decades about what works for learning.

Sure we have a lot of new evidence about what works.  And we have frameworks for making systemic changes so that more of us are doing more of what works more often.

Don’t get me wrong.  The above are not bad things.  As a matter of fact I think they are very good things.  I’m not knocking “new” approaches.  I’m just saying that they are not a new as we think they are and cautioning us to not get caught up with the latest ‘thing’ we are ‘doing’.

Whatever it is we are doing or feel we have to do, what is absolutely essential is that we the adult(s):

And… if there is something that we need to know or know how to do to help our learners learn, then we need to get on our bikes and pedal hard to learn it ASAP.  Because all our learners need us to know it.

*I liked the way Dylan Wiliam put these so I borrowed his wording from p.152 of Embedded Formative Assessment


About J Martens

Educator living in Vancouver and working in SD37 Delta. Supporting Numeracy while learning how formative assessment, literacy, inquiry, and technology serve to improve learning and increase engagement (for teachers & students).
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1 Response to Just Saying…

  1. Dana says:

    Love this Jacob!…Just sayin’. 😄

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