Originally Posted by caspermike
so no child left behind translates to zero kids getting a worthwhile education because they don't have a laptop. please. do you teach them to memorize these tests? didn't think so.
if you feel like all we do is teach them to memorize and guess, why don't you help more?
Actually Mike- that's why it's called "teaching to the test." Teachers spend a lot of time coming up with creative and innovative lessons that get kids out of their seats, off of the paper, into the "learning," including giving them access to technology because that's what they want- that's what makes this generation tick(and the one before it actually, look at us).
We also spend way too much time teaching them how to fill in bubbles, choose "the best answer," and not draw outside the barcodes. Most of them will put up with the memorization and regurgitation (drill and kill) as long as we also allow them to learn in their own way.
Some of them won't learn regardless of what we do, but MOST of them will if there's at least the facade that they are getting to do what they want. And what they want is technology- sometimes I do have my students type first drafts of essays; I do vocabulary by having my kids google definitions on their cell phones- they love it- it makes them feel like they're getting away with something. Remember that feeling?
Show me a district that is making AYP and I'll show you one that is doctoring scores.