I successfully nabbed the video feed off CGTV tonight – I will have to see how hard it is to crop and get ready to upload to the shared website. Going to take a few hours just to download from the TiVo to my computer.
The night started off with an Academic Spotlight (not yet on the U4 website) on Common Core. Which is kinda weird. This wasn’t a spotlight about Unit 4 at all, but rather perspectives from teachers and staff about how they thought Common Core was going to help. Some of the interviewees were extremely positive and have ambitious goals. One teacher caught my attention with the desire to flip the “normal” 80-90% teacher talk content with 80-90% child talk opportunities; she sees her role as the “facilitator” or “question-asker”. I know some of you who read this blog think that idea is ludicrous. I happen to like the general concept, but I want to see it in practice before I decide whether or not it is a good idea.
As I was watching the video, I could not help but wonder where the balanced side of the equation was – no negative thoughts about common core? *grin* No constructive criticism?
Also interesting how the Great Schools, Together logo was splashed on the end of it. More on that later.
Board Member Kristine Chalifoux asked a follow-up question, “When does ISAT actually go away”. Trevor Nadrozny, head of Curriculum, responded with the year 2016. Still a ways out, but best to be preparing now.
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