Taking others' assessments: How brave are your educators?
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
So here's a crazy idea...
What would this do?
Most of us would consider ourselves successful adults and yet we couldn't answer a lot of this. What does that mean for our teaching and our students' learning?
Follow-up questions might include How important is the stuff we're teaching? and If this stuff is important, why did we miss so many? and If this stuff is not important, why are we teaching it?
I think this could prompt some good internal discussion for a teaching staff. Thoughts? Anyone done something like this?
Note: A few years back, the College of Education and Human Development booth at the Minnesota State Fair had ten sample questions from the 8th grade state assessment. Those of us staffing the booth tried to get fair attendees to answer the questions to see how they'd do compared to what the state expected middle schoolers to know. We couldn't get anyone to do it; the number of takers was extremely low. There were lots of nervous laughter and comments, though...
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