Saturday, August 11, 2018

Educational Links 8/12/18

Administrators Can Make or Break School Culture. Here’s How to Spot the Best Ones


Let's Retire The 'Gifted-And-Talented' Student Label



10 Foods (and Supplements and Vitamins!) to Boost Your ADHD Brain


Google Tools for English Language Learners



Timing Matters: Making Better, Smarter, Shrewder Decisions



Why You Should Be Openly Friendly On The First Day Of School


Creating Paths to Participation for Introverts


Response: The Role of Student Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations


How do we know if teachers are teaching? How do we know if students are learning? We don't need high-stakes tests to tell us this information. We need administrators who visit classrooms on a daily basis, noting the teaching and learning they observe. We need to look at students as learners over time with samples of work and their own thoughts and reflections on the learning. We need to have conversations about thinking and learning and encourage risk-taking and innovation for teachers and students. When everyone feels afraid to try because jobs are riding on how an 8 year old answers a multiple choice question on a random day in May, it makes you wonder what these high-stakes assessments are really accomplishing.

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