I took a couple of months hiatus from blogging because it has taken me some time to process the striking difference between the ideals I lived by as a classroom teacher and the reality I have observed as an instructional facilitator. I was cautioned that I would see things very differently once I got out of the classroom…little did I know how differently!
I am blessed to serve a school where teachers are embracing Common Core and doing their best to implement best practices with fidelity, but I have seen and heard tales of teachers, in other places, resisting initiatives that demand more from them for the sake of providing better for their students.
I remember hearing there are 4 types of schools:
1. The “I wash my hands of you” school … if the student doesn’t try, the teacher doesn’t either
2. The “Survival of the Fittest” school … the teacher sets high standards and the students who work the hardest do the best
3. The “Good Times” school … regardless of standards or how hard anyone works, everyone has a fun and feels good about his/her self
4. The “Whatever it Takes” school … teachers go above and beyond to identify& meet social, emotional, and academic needs of all
Everyone wants to believe they’re part of a “Whatever it Takes” school, but I talk to parents every day with students in various schools in both NC & SC, who feel their child’s school is falling short in one way or another.
Bottom Line: We’re doing the best we can with what we know and many of us are actively pursuing better.