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  • MUSINGS OF A SCHOOL ASSESSMENT OFFICER
  • Welcome to my "clog!" (Cartoon blog) 
  • The administration had a good question for me...
  • Our teachers are phenomenal - they  have been here forever and REALLY know the curriculum. We do everything by the book.
  • I like  being a school detective.  This would make for good reality TV.
  • Tell me what you notice... 
  •  I have the enviable job of walking into schools and giving them feedback. Today I visited School A.
  • Once I explained that students  refuse to learn when their identity is not reflected, teachers came up with their own solutions.
  • Find out their interests and work that into our teaching
  • Let's use more diverse authors!
  • Kids need more choice in their work and assesments
  • We need to connect content to students' own lives
  • And yet, Shool A's standardized test scores were down - AGAIN! What's going on here?
  • It became clear through conversations that improving student success meant changing the school culture ...
  • So the hidden curriculum is about all the subtle ways that  the the dominant culture asserts its superiority and  most of our kids aren't part of that...
  •  My first step was to interview the teachers. I did a couple of focus groups.   It turned out that most   teachers were still using  traditional methods.  This did NOT match the needs of their diverse population.
  • School A had the "what" all figured out. But communities change and education needs to change along with them. 
  • Mystery solved. Thank you for working with us.
  • Teachers  understood that when students feel reflected in the  curriculum, they open up to learning, 
  • Field trips
  • I need to make more real world connections
  • How about trying more drama and role play to bring material to life?
  • Inquiry projects!
  • Let's get the students to think globally and act locally.
  • Guest speakers from the community
  • I need to do more open-ended problems. I want to see what THEY come up with.
  • Our Spec.Ed students are especially not part of it...
  • ...To a culture where everyone really belongs.
  • For our ASD kids, social norms and behaviour expectations are "hidden" on top of all this!
  • School A just needed to change the "how" of teaching the curriculum by looking at it through their students' eyes .
  • You were right - the teachers here ARE phenomenal. They have high expectations and are committed to teaching to the curriculum. 
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