Monday, July 13, 2009

Topic: Involving Students in Improving Schools

10-second review: Ask students to contribute suggestions for how to improve their school or school day.

Title: “On Assessment, Accountability and Other Things That Go Bump in the Night.” S Ohanian. Language Arts (May 2009), 379. The elementary school publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Summary: “Just try asking your students—today—to suggest one thing that would improve their school day. The simplicity of their suggestions will surprise you.”

Comment; This suggestion comes under the heading of “Why didn’t I think of that?” Does anyone ask the students what they think? Why did I never ask my students how I could help improve their learning? The question has many possible variations The answers could be very useful. RayS.

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