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  •  Kids of the same age are not all learning the same (1+ / 0-)
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    thing, at the same time, at the same pace, or in the same way. In fact, we have 4 different math teachers that are all teaching Algebra a bit differently and comparing success. The age group in Algebra spans 7th graders to 11th graders.

    I teach an advanced English class for Freshman. All of my students entered 9th grade reading at or above the college level. I can't teach them the way I taught my regular English class 10 years ago. In that class, which my son was in, we all did the same thing.

    For tomorrow, we are having a debate over the morality of the actions of Montressor in "Cask of Amontillado." Other students will will present a short story rewriting the story from a different point of view. Others are working on the morality of being forgiven for a murder after 50 years.

    Each of these activities will take time, and it will count more than their quiz over the story. (They all received either an A or a B+ on the quiz.)

    Yet my classroom is limited because I don't have reading groups of 10 or less as these students had in middle school. I am lucky because our middle school Language Arts teaches are the best in the world. The 7th grade teacher is the best writing teacher ever. I get kids excited about learning, and when I was sick this week, they directed the sub correctly.

    I TEACH AT A PUBLIC SCHOOL. ARE ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS LIKE THIS? I DON'T KNOW. I DO KNOW THAT MINE IS. I BET YOURS IS A HELL OF LOT BETTER THAN YOU THINK IT IS. GO WATCH THESE GREAT TEACHERS TEACH.

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      working with our kids!  And glad to read you are differentiating your class work as much as you can and at least in some instances having multi-age classes.

      It's been nine years since my daughter did her last year of school in 9th grade.  Most of my input on conventional school now comes from close friends who are public school teachers in Los Angeles.  They are talented teachers in the trenches in a large urban district, tho both I think tend to the "sage on the stage" rather than the "guide on the side" persona.  

      I would not be surprised if in smaller districts maybe with better funding and less concern about meeting the teach to the test standards there is more differentiated education within the state high-stakes standards.

      Don't know the particulars off your school and your district.  Maybe you can share!

      Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

      by leftyparent on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 05:45:36 AM PDT

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