The 2017-2018 school year marks my fifth year at Central, yet it seems like only yesterday that I arrived. During my first meeting with the professional staff, in an effort to speed up the acclimation process, I tried to share much about myself. One part of that presentation was my list of beliefs regarding education, my personal and professional credo. It is neither exhaustive, nor exclusive, and it is in no particular order.
▪All students can learn. And so can adults. Especially me. Our intelligence is not fixed at birth.
▪Students learn at different rates and through a variety of modes.
▪Effective teaching requires a similar variety of modes.
▪Teachers can make all of the difference for any student.
▪Skills top content and know-how tops knowing.
▪Student evaluation is documenting growth.
▪Teacher evaluation is documenting growth.
▪Schools need to provide multiple, positive, memorable experiences.
▪There needs to be balance between instruction and assessment. Error on the side of instruction.
▪Schools need to be learning experiments. The sooner we recognize this fact, embrace it, and apply our learning, the sooner we will move along a better path.
▪The irony is that, generally speaking, the more difficult something is to assess, the more important it truly is in the overall development of a child. (ie., responsibility, respect, initiative, persistence, etc…)
▪Education opens doors. The more education gained, the more doors lay open ahead.
Perhaps Eric Hoffer, the “longshoreman philosopher” said it best.
In times of change, learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
And aren’t the times always changing?
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Quick bio – BA from Cornell University in the History of Art; MEd from Castleton State College in Curriculum and Instruction; graduate certificate in Educational Technology Integration from Penn State; recently completed the Waddington Leadership Initiative through the Center for Creative Leadership; taught 4th-8th grades for 12 years; technology administrator for 4 years; served on the state of Vermont math committee that wrote the grade-level expectations and was a member of the committee that created the NECAPs; husband to Pam; father to Chris and Megan; father-in-law to Rachel; grandfather to Jayden; loves being at Central!