Although it may not seem like a big deal in hindsight, the first time I failed a test taught me one of the biggest lessons I ever learned: the value of knowing that you are always enough, no matter the situation. As a freshman in high school, I was used to getting good grades with little effort. So taking an AP class seemed like an easy opportunity to buff up my transcript. Little did I know that that would be one of the hardest classes I would take. On one of the first tests we took I scored a forty percent.
This has been cemented into the brains of every school boy and girl from early on and yet still, it has become prevalent to relinquish ones desire to be educated so one may conform to the habits of the culture around them. The corruption of mankind is the concept that being intelligent makes you arrogant and off-putting when in reality, becoming literate and informed can open more doors and present more opportunities than every before! In Gerald Graff’s, “Disliking Books”, Graff describes his academic and intellectual upcoming through his experience from literature in school. Despite his environment and the culture around him, Graff found clarity in class discussion and fascination in literature. Slowly, with the guidance of his father and his personal drive to rise above the conformity around him, Graff was able to overcome the corruption around him and find new meaning in being knowledgeable; proving to the world and himself that with the right mindset and determination, you can rise Per aspera ad astra (from the mud to the
My Reflection of Real Talk for Real Teachers Real Talk for Real Teachers written by Rafe Esquith has been thought provoking as well as entertaining to read. I have learned a great deal from reading this book and I hope to implement a few of his ways in my future classroom. I can relate too many of the stories that have been told in this book because this is real life in a school environment. I would like to break my summary down chapter by chapter. Chapter One –Badlands (7-15) Esquith states that he offers “sugarcoated advice” (7) to new teachers but he really wants new teachers to know is that there will be bad days.
Others may think the team could easily be just the general and special education teachers, but I believe that every member is crucial and dire to a successful IEP meeting, whether it be to mediate or to pitch in ideas. Another aspect that I really like and appreciate in the meeting is the inclusion of the child. This is important in my eyes because the student may think the IEP is made only to slow down or show that the teachers are against the student. The inclusion of the student in the meeting shows the collaboration of both sides of the classroom and with the student’s parents. Every step and piece of an IEP or IEP meeting is critical to the child, its learning, and the parents.
Although standardized testing has its cons, it also has pros. For example, Two important things Standardized testing provides is the ability to see students weak areas and progress. Although having the ability to see students weak areas may sound like a good thing, it really isn’t. The ability to see weak areas is moreso a benefit to educators when teaching students so they know what to help students with and fix so students can improve in these areas. But, teachers don’t really help students one on one rather as one big group of up to 30+ students at times.
“Every student can learn, just not on the same day or in the same way,” George Evans. This quote is one that I wish every teacher would read, understand, and live by in the classroom. No two students are able to learn the same way and not every student has the same favorite subject. This means that not every student a teacher has in class is going to enjoy and understand what they are teaching. No student wants to be publicly humiliated in front of their whole class for not understanding a topic as quickly as their fellow students.
Another reason is because they tend to cheat. Lastly, paying students will only help in the short run not the long run. Paying a student is a horrible idea because it takes the motivation of learning from a student, they can cheat, and it only helps in the short run. First of all, schools should not pay students for good grades because they can lose their motivation to learn. Edward Deci says, “Most children are by nature motivated to learn,”.
But gradation system creates a division between the higher grade students and lower grade students due to which unknowingly an attitude of superiority or inferiority gets developed in them. The students with low grades feel that they are not on the right track and are losers whereas those who receive high grades feel that they are going to be super successful. Once such grade-oriented thinking starts seeping in the minds of the students, they feel motivated only to get high grades and not to learn and explore more or to develop something new from what they have learned.
Countless amounts students are not putting in enough effort into getting good grades at school. This is why schools are making a plan to get students to achieve better grades. A student’s motivation to do well in school should be their desire to learn, not only do it for the money. This makes school more of a business transaction the a place to learn and grow. Also, there are no beneficial outcomes paying students for acceptable grades have in the long run.
That or those who struggle financially. John Hopkins University claims, “Paying students for grades seemed to improve attendance amongst both low achieving and lower to middle class students.” Even if it does show improvement, Brooks and Goldstein go on to say, “Our education system has determined that students who struggle need a greater degree of external motivation to stay engaged in academic tasks.” This means that using money is a successful motivational source, but it doesn’t work by itself. Students need more than just cash to push them to do their best. There are other more potent motives than just money. Every student is different, so each one has their own personal motive.
Rose describes school as a 'tremendously disorienting place ' and place where you were going to encounter 'notions that don 't fit with the assumptions and beliefs that you grew up with. ' I believe one thing he didn 't understand why it was happening was the curriculum isn 't designed to liberate you but to occupy you. So in short, they thing they were teaching these students isn 't how to become a better student or how to simplify algebraic fractions, it 's how to keep you bust until you met the requirements to graduate. That 's not something you expect from an educator, you expect them to want the best for you, the ones who help you achieve goals. not the ones who are stopping you from seeing you have goals.
In school students do not care about writing as much as they used to. If they would work harder in school, their grades would be higher and more colleges would want them. In Esther Cepeda 's research, she managed to prove that students test scores are going down. That is because they do not work as hard as they used to. Some students inadvertently slack off on their work.
It stresses all of us out, making us worry about our grades, slowly losing our sanity. But the real question is, will we really get smarter? Smarter Balanced is basically a normal summative assessment that goes over everything we’ve learned so far. What makes it better than our regular assessments we have in school? The company of Smarter Balanced states, “Smarter Balanced is designed to measure whether underlying concepts have been taught and learned, rather than reflecting mostly test-taking skills.” SBAC is one way of making sure that we know these skills before we move on to the following grade.
First thing to remember, students are not protected from problems or disagreement, issue that happened at home also transfers to school or the inner conflict turn into exterior ones. Especially, as children are not quite skilled to resolve the disputes adequately, for this reason the peer mediation project is practical. Another key point, the traditional problem solving techniques, where adult interferes and makes a decision is to becoming less effective. Notably, students have the ability to solve their issue with proper mediation training. In fact, WJC uses different types of peer, ones that have more influence in the school community and the ones that have less impact, this way the students receive fair