Educators educating Educators

Sep 26

More Of vs. Less Of


We must continue to change CLASSROOMS to meet the needs of students, rather than change STUDENTS to meet the needs of our classrooms.

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How we can change classrooms to Fit Kids!

Less of:

Rows of desks

“Ability grouping”

Whole class teaching

Silence

Identical assignments for all

Teacher talk

More of:

Centers

Flexible groups

Conversation

Differentiated Curriculum

Student-student talk

 




News

Welcome back to another school year. I hope your summer was relaxing and invigorating and you are looking forward to the approaching school year and the opportunity to stimulate and challenge your students’ minds.

This summer I was able to study Sir Ken Robinson, a British author, speaker and international advisor on education to governments, non-profits, and education organizations

I, like many people, find his writings and Ted Talks not only witty and inspiring but also thought-provoking and challenging. Much of his work deals with the diversity of intelligence, the power of imagination and creativity, and the importance of commitment to our own capabilities. He posits that the noticeable lack of them in our schools negatively affect students’ learning and teachers’ productivity and the absence of them is triggered by the demands of standardized testing.

I hope you find Sir Ken Robinson’s words inspiriting and challenging as I do and be mindful of them as you plan for the new year. Here is to a great 2017-2018 school year!