When we talk about the term unmotivated, what exactly are we saying, does it mean that the student is not engaged or are they non-compliant. Is it an issue of these students choosing to be difficult or do they simply not understand the material. Does the teacher have anything to do with the students motivation or is this just an intrinsic quality that the student possess.
Join us Sunday night at 8 PM on #edchatri as we look at these questions and more an share knowledge and answers that may help us all to be more successful in motivating our students, our teachers and ourselves.
In RI we are fortunate to have our Commissioner of Education join us on a regular basis during our weekly chats and this weekend we will be joined by even more members of the RI Department of Education as they have asked to utilize our weekly chat to reach out to many more in the field of education. This will be a tremendous opportunity for us to hear from those at the state level who have been directly involved in helping to bring Common Core curriculum and the PARCC assessment to our state. If you have any questions about what all of these changes in education will mean for you or our students or you have something you feel you can offer to this important discussion, then join us tonight at 8PM on #edchatri.
The following is a description for PARCC:
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of 18 states plus the District of Columbia working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers. These new K-12 assessments will build a pathway to college and career readiness by the end of high school, mark students’ progress toward this goal from 3rd grade up, and provide teachers with timely information to inform instruction and provide student support. The PARCC assessments will be ready for states to administer during the 2014-15 school year.(parcconline.org)
In 2013 many of us saw, heard and experienced many new ideas in education. Maybe it was through technology, flipped classrooms, integration of technology in education, collaboration with many outstanding educators across the globe through the use of social media. Perhaps it was just learning about new best practice, like formative assessment, questioning techniques or feedback or maybe it was something aligned to the new Common Core, like close reading strategies. Whatever it was we learned, the key is not in the learning, but rather in the application of that new knowledge and there is no better time then now, as we start the new year.
No matter what your new ideas or initiatives are, they are always better served if they are shared with others, whether a success or a failure, because the best way for us all to move forward is through collaboration and by moving forward together. Remember change is never easy and it is often failure that leads us to greater success. One thing I know for sure is that as Einstein said, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Those things that have always worked, may still work, but with the changing times in education and the rapid growth of technology, what once worked in the past is not guaranteed to work in the future and the world that we prepared for when we were students no longer exists.
Join us Sunday night at 8 pm on #edchatri, as we look at what we have done that worked, that didn't work and what changes we will be making in 2014 to find greater success for ourselves, our teachers and most importantly our students. Let's work together to Set a Clear Vision for 2014.
Don Miller -