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Exams are a by-product of the educational system. What can we do to make sure they don’t overshadow the learning process? Here’s a list of ideas meant to build time, space and sanity for teachers.
In February I attended the Wisconsin State Reading Association Convention, and had the honor of introducing Sam Bennett. Truth be told, I was at the November Leadership Meeting in Stevens Point and they were looking for introducers. I noticed Sam’s name still had a space for an introducer. I bowled three people over to get to that sheet of paper and write my name in that space!
Give yourself the chance to try a structured calendar; one that supports mindfulness and helps to alleviate the guilt. After all, why should balance come at the end of our career?
I think my mother, Jean, always envisioned herself as a writer. She wrote for her high school newspaper, “The Patriot,” and was the star editor in ’45. She understood the significance of a strong vocabulary and how words could persuade, shape or change attitudes, emotions and values.
However, the death of her father and the necessity of work did not allow my mom to pursue her hope of a writing career.
We often think of ‘retraining’ as something mature workers have to do to stay employed. Their careers have come to a crossroads: get retrained or get fired.
Yet, retraining is not just for the veteran worker anymore. In addition, it doesn’t have to be a dismal fork-in-the-road event, either. Retraining or relearning can give any professional the opportunity to reinvent his/her skills and share those skills with a brave and brand new world!
I wrote this article almost 9 years ago (reprinted with permission from JSOnline, August 27, 2005), and I believe it is just as timely now as it was then. With Common Core, standards based grading and an onslaught of new initiatives, I hope you feel this advice is practical for everyone involved in education!
This is an exciting, almost anxious time as your son or daughter enters high school or begins another year of academia.
In the immortal words of Ferris Bueller, “Yep, I’ll say it before and I’ll say it again, life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”