What's the current "buzz" in education

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  1. Pisces_Fish

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    When I graduated college (just 3 years ago) it seemed like the buzz was on diversity. It's all we ever talked about. Now the current focus seems to be on assessment and differentiation. Wondering if anyone else agrees?
     
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  3. chebrutta

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    I agree with assessment. And I'm seeing more of a trend towards authentic, higher-level thinking assessments in the classroom as opposed to the focus being on state exams.

    The only real problem I still see with education is that we fail to educate the general public about the aims of assessment. It's not about teaching to the test, as so many parents like to assume; it's about teaching the standards mandated by the DOE and then testing them for mastery of those standards.
     
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    We're focused on Response to Intervention right now. My P's philosophy is that if we take the bull by the horns and put in our own programs, it's less likely that the state will come in and impose mandatory programs. (Ours is a very highly-ranked school, but we still have our underperforming kids.)
     
  5. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    Yes to the above topics mentioned--- assessment, differentiation, and making sure we follow what is on students' IEPs.
     
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    RTI and PBIS are the hot topics at my school...oh and power standards (learning targets)
     
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    Educational equity. Making sure that the kids get the same quality of education (and are held to the same academic standards) regardless of socioeconomic status.
     
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    Meeting needs of individual students, which I guess goes with differentiation.
     
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    I agree with Response to Intervention and would add closing achievement gaps between subgroups.
     
  10. TamiJ

    TamiJ Virtuoso

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    I agree that authentic assessments and differentiation seem to be very big. It's very much what is driving my teaching, which is why I am using the Understanding by Design method to create my curriculum.
     
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    Understanding by Design is a HUGE buzzy bee right now. Thankfully, if done correctly, it is a wonderful way to run curriculum.
     
  12. Doug_HSTeach_07

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    Professional Learning Communities- that's another huge one.
     
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    21st Century Learning is the newest one in my district.
     

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