Saturday, February 5, 2011

Comments for Teachers # 1

On January 23, 2011, Mr. Joe Bower wrote a post on his blog entitled "Troublemakers."  He called teachers that oppose standarized testing troublemakers.  I commented on his post by stating that I agree with his post, but I would not call them troublemakers.  Some students just are not good test takers.  Even the smartest of students do not test well.  Some students do not take standarized tests seriously.  Every teacher has their own preferred way of testing their student's acquired knowledge.

On Feburary 5, 2011, Mr. Joe Bower wrote a post on his blog entitled "Why do we give exams?"  David Martin bosted on Mr. Bower's blog that we need exams to assess students' knowledge, help students want to learn, and teachers need to give exams for accountability reasons. Alfie Kohn said, "Classrooms should focus more on autonomy, mastery and purpose rather than achievement and marks.  I commented on his post by stating that I think exams are a necassary part of a students curriculum.  Teachers have to give exams in order to evaluate their students' knowledge of the material that they teach.  These evaluations can help teachers determine what they need to reflect on more when they teach it the next time.  If students did not have to take exams than they will not learn how to apply anything that that heard in class to real life.

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