Monday, January 4, 2016

Favorite comments of '15: Auntie Ann, FedUpMom, Anonymous, lgm,

On Feedback loops: it's not just students who need them

Auntie Ann said...
A friend reported that, when the standardized test results came back to our kids' school, the third grade teachers held a class meeting and berated the students for not doing well.

Apparently, it didn't cross their minds that the fault was on the part of the school, the curriculum chosen, the constructivist classroom design, or the teachers.

FedUpMom said...
Ugh. I don't know what kind of intervention would be required to get classroom teachers to actually consider changing what they do because of the poor results they get. My top-ten list includes the moment that my daughter's first-grade teacher, who had a class of exactly 11 students that year, told me that I shouldn't worry about her recommendation that DD go to summer school to learn to read: "I've recommended summer school for several of the kids." Really? That's a 25% known failure rate. The teacher seemed completely comfortable with that, and confident that it's a failure on the kids' part.

Anonymous said...
As far as I can tell, all difficulties children have in school are attributed to the child not only by teachers, but also by administrators and, frequently, the children's own parents. This is why it is so difficult to get bad teachers fired (I mean in addition to the issues with the teachers' union).

lgm said...
As far as I can tell, the elementary teachers are only required to present a lesson twice, then they can sit back and wait until the child qualifies for intervention. There is no requirement for reacting to summative or formative assessment results other than waiting and writing a referral.

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