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From: Jack Mccauley (channel-talklearning@learner.org)
Date: Mon Mar 01 2004 - 07:53:15 EST

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    Thanks for your response. I was a little frustrated when I wrote my
    last note?viewing the classroom sessions, seeing some creative lessons,
    and good teachers doing what teachers can do just after having spent an
    entire Pro. Dev. Day on data analysis and reading strategies had me
    thinking that as worthwhile as the session had been we had not really
    talked about classroom activities. I don't think teachers finished the
    session excited about creating lessons, just more concerned about
    whether they were covering everything. I was a superintendent of an
    8000 student school district for 15 years before a colleague and I
    started this elementary charter school. We are doing some good things
    and have a good school. This course (especially since I have done some
    more reading) is helping restore some perspective; we (teachers) really
    do need to keep learning. In Michigan there are state continued
    education requirements that prompted me to get involved with this class.
     We started with our school seven years ago and had some wonderful
    plans; we still do and we are fulfilling most of our goals. What has
    really struck me after now doing more of the reading and viewing
    additional video sessions is how much of what we?that?s me and the
    teaching staff?are doing that we have forgotten exactly why we are doing
    it. I know we are doing good things with learning centers, cooperative
    learning, multiple intelligences that have become part of how we do
    things, but almost like in a vacuum. If we forget the theory (or the
    facts) and the reason we started doing it, we fall into our routines
    and do not do it as well as we could. As I read and view some items I
    am thinking??I knew that??but had forgotten. I really respect the kind
    of work you are doing; it is not easy and I suspect you deal with a lot
    of "why are we doing this?" The NCLB is under a lot of criticism, but
    the fact is that we need that commitment to every child, but there are
    some problems to work out with the law and day-to-day school activities.
     On a recent flight I read in Time or Newsweek about a school in Iowa
    where they have improved test scores, but (as least as reported) they
    have abandoned much of their curriculum goals?did you see that? It was
    just last week. I should have saved it.

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    <H4>Thanks for your response.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>I was
    a little frustrated when I wrote my last note?viewing the classroom sessions,
    seeing some creative lessons, and good teachers doing what teachers can do just
    after having spent an entire Pro. Dev. Day on data analysis and reading
    strategies had me&nbsp;thinking that as worthwhile as the session had been we
    had not really talked about classroom activities.&nbsp;I don't think teachers
    finished the session excited about creating lessons, just more concerned about
    whether they were covering everything. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;
    </SPAN>I was a superintendent of an 8000 student school district for 15 years
    before a colleague and I started this elementary charter school. We are doing
    some good things and have a good school.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;
    </SPAN>This course&nbsp;(especially since I have done some more reading)&nbsp;is
    helping restore some perspective; we (teachers) really do need to keep learning.
    In Michigan there are&nbsp; state continued education requirements that prompted
    me to get involved with this class.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;
    </SPAN>We started with our school seven years ago and had some wonderful plans;
    we still do and we are fulfilling most of our goals.<SPAN
    style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>What has really struck me after now
    doing more of the reading and viewing additional video sessions is how much of
    what we?that?s me and the teaching staff?are doing that we have forgotten
    exactly why we are doing it.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>I know
    we are doing good things with learning centers, cooperative learning, multiple
    intelligences that have become part of how we do things, but almost like in a
    vacuum.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>If we forget the theory (or
    the facts) and the reason we started doing it, &nbsp;we fall into our routines
    and do not do it as well as we could. <SPAN
    style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</SPAN>As I read and view some items I am
    thinking??I knew that??but had forgotten.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;
    </SPAN>I really respect the kind of work you are doing; it is not easy&nbsp;and
    I suspect you deal with a lot of "why are we doing this?"<SPAN
    style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>The NCLB is under a lot of criticism,
    but the fact is that we need that commitment to every child, but there are some
    problems to work out with the law and day-to-day school activities.<SPAN
    style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>On a recent flight I read in Time or
    Newsweek about a school in Iowa where they have improved test scores, but (as
    least as reported) they have abandoned much of their curriculum goals?did you
    see that? <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</SPAN>It was just last
    week.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>I should have saved
    it.</H4></FONT></BODY></HTML>

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