Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels,
each student is supported so he or she can learn at high levels,
and each student demonstrates learning at high levels (Blackburn, 2008).

Monday, April 9, 2012

Expectations and Labeling

My dad recently gave me a copy of a poem written and given to him by a fifth grader.  What does this tell you about expectations for students?

Man, man, put him in a can.

Place a label on him,  pretend to understand.

Yet excuse him, defend him.

If he doesn't fit in,

Tear off the label and try it again.

5th grade student

Quite telling, isn't it?  How many of the students in your school feel this way?  What can you do to change it for those student who challenge you the most?

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