"...Only the Good Ones..."published Feb 9, 2010
Speaking of Haiti, I recently went to a fundraiser for victims of the earthquake at my local yoga studio. Because the audience was so miscellaneous, the teacher called the poses by user-friendly American nicknames rather than by the arcane Sanskrit names. And she told stories.
One of her stories, accompanying the "apple-picking pose," struck me as a parable, with a message for all educators.
paraphrased from Charlene Brandin, Birchwood Center, 23jan10
The messages I heard for educators, including myself:
- "Good" is a complicated construct.
- Kids can tell the difference between authentic assessment and assessment that only grazes the surface.
- Authentic assessment is likely to change that which is being assessed.
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