Instruction

Repetitive Cycle of Remediation

Much of public schools’ instructional practices are designed to rehab or repair a student’s learning deficit. These remediation and corrective methods help resolve a student’s skills gap quickly and effectively. This is a widely-recommended instructional practice because of its success rate in reducing learning difficulties for kids in regular education programs. Remedial instruction is designed to close the gap between what a student knows and what s/he expects to know. However, for children diagnosed with a learning disability in special education, remediation and corrective Read more…

Instruction

The Spoon-Feeding Mindset

When I started as a training consultant, I was hesitant about working with non-educational organizations. I was worried that business minded clients would not take me seriously because my primary experience was in education. Well, I quickly discover, that my experience in the educational sector would not be the problem. Ironically, the biggest obstacle I faced in corporate training was engaging learners in independent thinking and action. Sounds odd, but it’s true. For years, these workers were expose to Read more…

Assessment

Giving Up on Performance Assessments

Performance assessments were once a hot topic in education. It was presumed among school districts that all national tests would resemble performance assessments. This presumption spur school systems to train all their staff in how to design and implement performance assessments. I spent the last four years training thousands of teachers in performance assessment design. Each of these professional did a remarkable job incorporating this new assessment system within their classroom routines. And, just like Read more…

Education Policy

School Vouchers are a Limited Solution

Parents and educational advocates, who support school choice, believe that school vouchers are just another option to help disadvantaged students receive a first-class education. School voucher programs allow parents to use monetary vouchers from the city, state or federal government to pay for their child’s private school education. The amount of the voucher is generally about the same amount that is granted to public schools for each child’s educational needs. School voucher proponents insist that Read more…

Classroom Managment

Why are Suspensions Such a Common Punishment?

Years ago, a student suspension was atypical punishment. An out-of school suspension was only awarded to a student, who demonstrated ghastly behavior against their peers or teachers.  For a suspension to be granted by the school district, a principal had to present evidence that indubitably proved that there was cause for this type of punishment. All students understood that a suspension was a serious matter, which could negatively impact their academic success. Nowadays, school suspensions are a very common Read more…