Monthly Archives: January 2013

Action inspired by Will Richardson’s book Why School?

The following is a slightly edited string of emails between a couple of teachers I have the pleasure of working with and myself regarding our relevance as educators in a small, county community school in Lodi, San Joaquin County, California:

On Jan 8, 2013, at 7:33 PM, “Wendy Frink” <wfrink@sjcoe.net> wrote:
>>
>>> I wonder what would happen if we gave them a standard and asked them how they wanted to demonstrate mastery?
>>> Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 9, 2013, at 7:11 AM, “Darrell” wrote:
>
>> It is an interesting approach. I had students decide once what they needed to study and review the most for geometry, and then made the follow-up test on that material, but asking them how
>> they want to demonstrate mastery would shape the whole assessment project/test.
>>
>> Sent from my iPad

From: Wendy Frink
> Sent: Wednesday, January 09, 2013 7:19 AM
> To: Darrell
> Cc: Gina; Jeremy
> Subject: Re: I wonder what the kids would do…
>
> A standard in each class with each core coming through inserting that class’ contribution to the projects brainstormed by the previous class…English, Math, Soc Sci or Science, and Digital…..
>
> Sent from my iPad

On Jan 9, 2013, at 7:47 AM, “Gina” wrote:

> I think it’s brilliant.
> ________________________________________

From: Wendy Frink
> Sent: Wednesday, January 09, 2013 8:05 AM
> To: Gina
> Cc: Darrell; Jeremy
> Subject: Re: I wonder what the kids would do…
>
> Lets select the standards in each class so they could fairly easily integrate with each other. When we do it, record observations, comments your hear and things you see. Take pictures.  At the end if the day, ask the kids to reflect on the process in a google form and we’ll review it all together, carry out their projects/assignments and then we’ll publish our findings 😉
>
> Sent from my iPhone

From: Wendy Frink
> Sent: Wednesday, January 09, 2013 8:15 AM
> To: Gina
> Cc: Darrell; Jeremy
> Subject: Re: I wonder what the kids would do…

Since the test scores are likely never to get us, as a program, out of Program Improvement and we haven’t had any unbearable consequences yet, screw teaching to the test, let’s see about facilitating our kids to determine their learning paths.  Why School? identifies the fact that learning and teachers are no longer scarce resources.  The entire history of knowledge is at everyone’s fingertips….not just in the brick and mortar libraries and classrooms of the world.  Unless we make ourselves valuable as facilitators and guides, we will become obsolete.

Sent from my iPhone

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