Sunday, November 20, 2005

Unintended Consequences

Last week one of our teachers who has been going room to room helping teachers implement some new programs, told us in an administrative meeting that the standards-based reform efforts have become so emphasized, that teachers are resorting to "chalk talk" and lectures because they feel so pressured to cover the specific indicators that they feel could be tested.

They feel so rushed to cover everything tested that they don't feel they have time to take material into depth and do something interesting with it. In other words, the unintended consequence is that school becomes less fun, and less engaging for students.