Saturday, December 14, 2013
How Neckties Prevent Disease
What I think we need to take away from this interesting anecdote, as educators, is the importance of drawing appropriate (and rational) conclusions. Especially, when it is those same beliefs that drive our programming, instruction and assessment decisions.
What the villagers had come to believe makes sense when you look at the surface evidence. Yet, when we add in the other factors and forces at play in this situation - there is certainly more to it than meets the eye.
In terms of the learning that occurs in your classroom - what assumptions are you making and how are using those assumptions to plan and assess for student learning going forward?
What "ties" are you focused on as indicators of student learning and appropriate assessment strategies?
Through what lenses can you observe, track, assess and provide feedback - in order to program for future learning opportunities?
Ultimately, what key issues do we need to shine a more critical eye on, in order to support student well-being and success?