Things that Really Bother Me in Schools:
Teachers who say they do not have time….to calibrate, to discuss, to read, to do the work required by student-involved assessment.
Anyone who says….but we’ve never/always done it that way….
Students who say…. The teacher (feel free to insert insulting epithet) gave me a bad grade….
Anyone who says….I didn’t understand, but I sure wasn’t going to ask questions….
Teachers who say….the kids are just lazy….
Parents/Students/Administrators/Media who say….the teachers are just lazy….
Anyone who says….well, our kids are just not as able as those kids in that other school…..
Teachers who say…. Well, it’s the parents: they just don’t care.
Parents who say….Well, it’s the teachers: they just don’t care.
Students who say… Well, I just don’t care.
Yes, you do. We all care.
No one deliberately sets out to fail. No one wants to do a bad job. It is never all someone else’s fault, and there is always something we can do about it. Not “someone”, “we” – we can do something about it. We need to ask the hard questions. We need to be willing to work in other ways than what we may expect. We need to – all of us – put out the effort we would want for someone to put out for us.