As one of my schools begins its improvement planning for next year, we're working on some vision statements and doing some other foundation work. It is obvious from this that "not everything that can be counted counts...and not everything that counts can be counted," as Einstein suggested. In other words, what is often most important to teachers are things like healthy kids who love learning---not necessarily kids who do better on the WASL (or other measures). And yet, I can't think of a single School Improvement Plan (SIP) I've ever seen which included values other than test, attendance, or referral data. SIPs rely solely on quantitative measures. But what if we included something qualitative? Hmmm...
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And here are some treats you should have make time for:
- Go visit For You and see what makes you smile and dream.
- See the 50 (Really) Stunning Pictures and Photos put together by The Best Article Every Day
- Read Chris Lehmann's post on What I Want to Talk About; Scott's concerns on Low Ability Teachers, Low Ability Students; This, I Believe at Chalkdust 101; and Becoming a Better Teacher over on Drape's Takes.
P.S. If anyone cares, here are the new dishes (dinner plate, salad plate, bowl). They're the Twist Alea pattern from Villeroy and Boch.