Recently, I attended a curriculum conference and heard Jane E. Pollock, education researcher and author, share some personal and enlightening information.
Jane shared with our group that she hated going to the dentist. During a dental checkup, the hygienist asked her how often she flosses
her teeth. Before she could answer, the hygienist reminded her that the research showed that 9 out of 10 people lie to their hygienist when answering this question. He conti
nued to share more research with her. He pointed out that people who floss daily are significantly less sick than those who do not floss. Jane decided to test his research and she has been illness free for 7 years despite being cooped up on airplanes and in many different schools around the world filled with little people and their dirty hands!
Will you accept the research and start flossing?
Better yet, will we accept the research in our profession as educators? What would happen if we implemented Dr. Douglas Reeves research as it relates to grading in our schools?
As leaders, we may not change an entire system overnight, but we can improve student learning by impacting one principal, one teacher, and one student at a time.
During the summer months, take some time to read:
Classroom Instruction that Works By Robert J. Marzano, Debra Pickering, Jane E. Pollock