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  •  but what if rules are not announced ahead of time (25+ / 0-)

    how is that fair to hold people to account?

    People in the central office knew my approach to teaching.  I met with key people including the Assistant Superintendent last summer before I began teaching and I kept them informed about my approach.

    Nothing given to the students about the poster session explicitly said that they had to include data - one person from central office told me if they had looked at ALL the examples at the web site to which they were instructed to go (3. 5 weeks before they were to turn in their projects which was 1.5 week before AP testing began, and on days when students had an AP test they were not required to attend school other than for their AP test, so in fact I was not seeing them regularly, and I the classes meet every other day) they would have seen examples with data on them.  They were simply told to use the examples, and nothing about looking at ALL the examples or that they MUST include data on the poster.

    A research project can come to an unsuccessful end for a variety of reasons.  One can reach a point and realize that proceeding further is pointless, yet still have learned a great deal.  That is learning from failure, as was emphasized during the conference in October.

    I am reminded of the perhaps apocryphal exchange Thomas Edison is reputed to have with a journalist.

    Mr. Edison, you have tried hundreds of substances for the filament of your light bulb, and none has worked. Have you really learned anything?

    Yes, I have learned hundreds of substances that will not work.

    My objection is not to rules.

    It is to imposing consequences for rules that were not stated ahead of time.

    It is for attempting to punish my students when they were operating within the rules I gave them, rules I think by which I could legitimately operate given my previous communications with people in the central office.

    It is because of that I was prepared to stand on principle.

    "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it, because what the world needs is more people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman

    by teacherken on Sat May 24, 2014 at 07:12:48 AM PDT

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