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Topic: Teaching and Learning

Topic Posted by: Melissa Cheung
Date Posted: Mon Feb 15 5:01:23 US/Eastern 1999
Topic Description: What are your beliefs about how people learn? How does your teaching style and school system work to accommodate how people learn?

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Posted by: Anna Marie E. Forte' ([email protected] )
Date posted: Sat May 1 21:16:10 US/Eastern 1999
Subject: The importance of the test score
I enjoy workshops like "The Many Faces of Learning". My problem comes when the Districts' not concern with how kids learn but with what they score on the standardized test. My job performance is based on my school's index, not on methods I use to teach or the intelligence of my students. They provide us with plenty professional development but in the end it is the score that counts. Does anyone have any suggestions how to deal with this situation?

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Subject: testing
Reply Posted by: Stacie Noordeloos ([email protected] )
Organization: Venice High School
Date Posted: Tue Mar 19 18:49:11 2002
We are having to deal with FCAT testing in our state. We are a school that has come together and tried to concentrate on helping our students to improve writing, math and reading techniques. I think this can be positive in some ways...since we are all working together for a common goal. In other ways it can be a hassle. We are spending precious instruction time to "teach to a test". We lose some of the ability to be individual in our approach to teaching. I understand that we must be sure that schools are teaching as much to the students as possible, but I don't think it is wise to judge a school by test scores. There are too many facets to learning experiences to judge them solely by one test.

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