“Effective teaching is the best test preparation,” Alan commented yesterday on my post. I started thinking how we have completely lost sight of this in the face of new rules and regulations in education.
It saddens me to think that the trove of experience and know-how just in our school building alone knows what Alan knows but we have run amok trying to implement this core of common knowledge….aka The Common Core.
Yesterday, I tried to teach effectively. At least more effectively than I have been teaching lately. I quietly pushed aside the testing materials (wanted to trash them but I controlled that impulse). I took out a poem I wrote (for this writing challenge one year ago) and used it as a mentor text. And then, as a class, we wrote together….