David A. Gamberg's Blog – August 2013 Archive (3)

Educating Our Students—2013 and Beyond

As we embark on the start a new school year education must remain deeply committed to the vision of having our students further develop the skills, habits of mind, and dispositions that will allow them to thrive both in and outside of school. Ultimately, we must be mindful of the core elements of our mission. Nurturing a climate in each and every classroom, activity, and moment with the caring adults of any school is a key ingredient to success. We must continue to impart the knowledge and… Continue

Added by David A. Gamberg on August 25, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Unintended Consequences

Recently, I had a conversation with a teacher who is actually sad that she will probably be ranked “Highly Effective” using the new metrics for teacher evaluation in New York State. She lamented over the dampening of enthusiasm and curiosity in one of her students this year, and I could not help but wonder what are the unintended consequences of this misguided system of “reforming education.”



No, it does not matter that this child had come into 3rd grade reading at a level of 2.9,… Continue

Added by David A. Gamberg on August 20, 2013 at 8:33am — No Comments

Let’s Not Expect Everyone to Run a 4 Minute Mile

I don’t know about you but when I occasionally run in a 5K a 9 minute mile average pace is pushing it for me. Now I’m sure there are some very fit, athletic 50 year olds who can do much better, but clearly if we expected (or mandated) that everyone at my age should run a 4 minute mile the results would be much like what we see in the recently released NYS assessment failure rates. The standard setting equivalent of expecting all to perform at high levels that are dubious in terms of attending… Continue

Added by David A. Gamberg on August 11, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

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