What I Really Think

Learning is messyKids will learn what they need to learn when they need to learn it

Know your kids

There is more than one right way to teach

Reporting is not evil

Report cards are well past their ‘due date’

Assessment is important – assessment for, of, and as

Rewards are not the enemy

Don’t bribe the kids (unless you’re potty training them – then give the all the smarties you want)

Renaming something (i.e. anchor charts) doesn’t make it new.

There is no such thing as universal ‘best practice’

If what you’re doing doesn’t work – stop it!

It’s not about the program

Technology is a tool

Social media is not the same as technology. It is not a tool. It is a life force

People are the life force driving social media

Teaching is messy

Life is messy

Beware of marketers

Relationship, relationship, relationship

Cause. No. Harm.

Love what you do

Better is Possible


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3 Responses to What I Really Think

  1. Pingback: What I Really Think – Part 2 | Better is Possible

  2. T. Henriksen says:

    Hi Carol,

    I love all of these sentiments!
    One of them though, that concerns me a bit is, “If what you’re doing doesn’t work – stop it!”
    I agree with this one with all my heart. What makes it difficult though, is what it people are doing things that don’t work, but they do not believe that what they are doing actually doesn’t work. They think that what they are doing “works”. So often, those of us who are blogging or who are on social media, understand the importance of reflection and the importance of changing things that aren’t necessarily working. Others, though, may not connect with other ideas or reflect on their own practise (I mean REALLY reflect) and so they keep doing the same old thing that is not working.

    Sigh. That was a bit of a rant, but hopefully you know what I mean. I don’t have any answers, but if you do, I’d love to hear them!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts,


    • Tia – Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. For the record, I love rants! And yes, I know what you mean.
      Reflection is vital to improving our practice (and life in general). Collaboration helps getting people unstuck. Finding a way to add, “how is this working?’ into conversations also helps. The biggest answer (and it’s not really an answer) is modelling reflection continually. There is no quick fix, but I am one of those hopeful people, who believes that when ready, people can change.
      This particular comment, was a bit tongue in cheek. It was liberally taken from Bob Newhart’s ‘Stop It’ routine.

      Again, I am so thankful that you took time to comment. Please come back again and rant away! 🙂


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