Making a Case for Authentic Assessment

This video clip from New York City’s Urban Academy highlights some very important things to think about in our current education climate of stress, fear, blame, and unhealthy accountability. Although this setting is an urban one, there is no reason to withhold more meaningful and engaging forms of learning from any context just because students (and […]

Doctors, Patients, Teachers, Assessment, Technology

The ABC News headline reads, “Teens Prefer Computers to Doctors“. This headline is somewhat deceptive, though. More accurately, teems may be more likely to share sensitive, high-risk and confidential information via a handheld computing system called the Health eTouch than they would in a face-to-face discussion with their doctor. One quotation that struck me from […]

Evaluating Teacher Performance

A recent report by the Education Sector and the FDR Group “surveyed 1,010 K–12 public school teachers about their views on the teaching profession, teachers unions, and a host of reforms aimed at improving teacher quality.” Here is one finding that I think merits serious thought: Only 26 percent of teachers say that their most […]