Thursday, March 11, 2010

Test-Savvy Principle #1: Student Ownership

This is crunch time for many schools.  They are entering the "test triage" zone.  Every year around this time I see educators pull out the traditional test prep book, give simulations exams and frantically try to figure out strategies to help students do well on standardized exams.  Every year it is the same cycle...give lip service to the exams the first half of the school year and ignoring data.  Then as exams get closer we test the daylights out of students, pinpointing their areas of weakness and enact various extra/enrichment programs and provide additional resources to "help" students succeed on the upcoming exams.  We lament about all we have done, but the students still don't get it or they are not paying attention.  ENOUGH!  ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!  We need to teach differently!  Students need to take ownership of their learning.  This podcast is about using test-savvy strategies to provide opportunities and structures that allow and foster student ownership of learning.  Test-Savvy Principle #1: Student Ownership

1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to share this with my teachers. Just the kind of short but powerful reminder teachers need to refocus, redirect and redistribute some of the responsibility for student learning! I look forward to your future podcasts.

    P. Rochester, AP
    PS 198x