Monthly Archives: July 2015

high stakes testing: stone walled vs. living stones

High-stakes testing really makes my blood boil. (If you’ve kindly read the past few posts: Can you tell?) More than that. It makes my stomach turn. A good student (summa cum laude graduate), I was a lousy test taker—a tried-and-true … Continue reading

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high-stakes testing hurts

It had been quite a six months for our son. His paternal grandfather had died twelve days before his ninth birthday in December; his maternal grandfather was hospitalized with misdiagnosed strokes in January; his father was diagnosed in February with … Continue reading

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testing tunnel vision

Surprised to see the head high school guidance counselor walk into my classroom on a particular February morning, I was immediately puffed up when he explained the reason for his arrival, delivering, in hushed tones, a confidential message. A young … Continue reading

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tests and measurements–what’s valid?

No apologies. Certified psychology teacher that I am, this post, nevertheless, does not pretend to use “invalid” in its psychometric sense. No concern here with validity or reliability of test measurements, either. No. This post makes an argument about the … Continue reading

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…”can never tell”…

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. From the first moments of my teaching career, I was challenged and affirmed by those words of Henry Adams’ spoken to me by my undergraduate methods professor in … Continue reading

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generativity self-check à la Erikson

In pursuit of psychology teaching certification, I was introduced to the idea of “generativity” from reading the work of noted psychologist Erik Erikson, whose generativity stage is contained within his theory of psychosocial development. According to Erikson, one way of … Continue reading

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identity thieves

Not to minimize the economic and social havoc that today’s headliner “identity thieves” create in their victim’s lives; nevertheless, there is a whole other breed of identity thieves, around for centuries, I suppose, whose work often goes unspoken about—except, perhaps, … Continue reading

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give-and-take compliments

It’s one thing to think complimentary thoughts about someone; it’s quite another thing to verbalize the compliment to that person. I hadn’t really considered the difficulty inherent in verbalizing compliments—maybe because I didn’t give many?—until a reading supervisor raised my … Continue reading

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thanks for understanding

One of the interesting dynamics of being an elementary school librarian is the number of daily thank you’s received from students, with this clarification. Invariably at the end of each library session, as part of the lining-up departure protocol, classroom … Continue reading

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congratulations…for what?

Them: “Congratulations!” Me: …knee jerk: “Thank you!” As you might imagine, I’ve heard my fair share of “Congratulations!” since I shared my retirement decision on June 30th. Now, three weeks later, the more resigned, comfortable, and grateful I continue to … Continue reading

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