Friday, November 04, 2011

Doing What Works

So how do you know if what you're doing in the classroom is working? How do you know if any of it makes a difference? I know that as a teacher and even as a parent, it's difficult to tell right then and there. Our investments in time and energy in children are long term investments. I know that and you know that, but it seems like everyone else believes they are short term investments. Success should show up immediately!

I think of education as being proverbial in nature - that is, doing what works is more like of "wisdom, truth or morals that are based on common sense or practical experience. It is often a description of a basic rule of conduct that all people generally follow or should follow." It doesn't ALWAYS work and it doesn't always work for ALL students.

There is a "doing what works" clearinghouse that provides great resources of research-based practices for teachers. It's actually a great site with rich resources. I recommend using it with some caution. Putting forth our best efforts is very important. Being accountable for your own teaching practice is crucial. Being able to GUARANTEE student success is just not smart. 

My husband is in sales. They operate on this premise - Under promise and then over deliver. 

It appears that in education we OVER promise and ultimately UNDER deliver.

Something to think about.