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  •  mechanized teaching (2+ / 0-)
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    MPociask, lippythelion69

    standardized testing is the logical outgrowth of mechanized teaching that treats students as a product.  There's nothing wrong with this approach per se, but I don't really think of teaching as a mechanical process.

    determine if any student has gaps in the knowledge base and weaknesses in definable areas
    You must be a hell of a teacher if your students don't have gaps in their knowledge or weaknesses in definable areas.

    For us mere mortals, learning (and by extension, teaching) is a hit or miss process.  Some ideas make sense, some ideas can be acquired through practice or by rote or other technique, some ideas require time or development and some ideas are just never have a chance of being learned.

    We all want some concrete way to evaluate our schools and teachers, and standardized testing offers that up.  But it does so at a cost of instruction-time, teacher independence, and student interest.  And the truth is that no meaningful test can ever measure what we intend for it to measure.

    •  There are always gaps. (1+ / 0-)
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      Linda Wood

      The function of MAP is to provide teacher independence. Teachers use the data from this analysis to craft classroom activities and lessons to be better teachers. It is not mechanical teaching at all.

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