Sunday, December 5, 2010

A thought provoking book

Today I shared some thoughts with the staff from The Schools Our Children Deserve by Alfie Kohn. While the copyright is 1999, the perspective and reflections that Kohn provides for educators is still very relevant today. We see all too often that educators get caught up on the content and standards and forget what makes each student unique. When we focus solely on content we lose the personalization of education for students. This is a difficult dance for teachers as the stakes are high and pressure unrelenting. However, if we can reach a student, make a connection, and provide them with the differentiation they need, we are more likely to enrich their educational experience.
If you have already read this book think about going back and reviewing. If you haven't, I highly recommend it.