How to Teach the Standards Without Becoming Standardized | MindShift

It often seems easier or safer to standardize instruction instead of trusting educators to engage and challenge students. But Laufenberg says there’s another way. “Teach past the test to this other meaningful, creative work and you will get the test, but you’ll get all this other stuff too,” Laufenberg said. “If you only teach to the test that’s all you’ll get.”

“Teach past the test to this other meaningful, creative work and you will get the test, but you’ll get all this other stuff too.”

The standards are the learning goal, the “what” of education, but there are many approaches to how those standards are taught.“When you empower kids in that way in a standards-driven space, you see amazing things,” Laufenberg said. Standards can also give teachers a common language to talk about one another’s ideas. “It can open up doors that you might not have otherwise had,” said Chris Loeffler, a third grade teacher at Wilmington Friends School.

via How to Teach the Standards Without Becoming Standardized | MindShift.

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Bob’s has focused his expertise in technology integration in the K-12 community and teacher education. This expertise touches many different aspects of technology and learning. Areas of particular interest include: Learning, Computational Thinking and STEM, Mobile Learning, 1:1 technology initiatives, problem and project- based learning. Bob's experiences have been enhanced through collaborations with Bonnie Bracey-Sutton who formerly worked as President Clinton’s 21 Century Educator and Raymond Rose who formerly was part of the Concord Consortium, a non profit research and development corporation and the lead institution in developing one of the first virtual high schools in the nation. Other important influences include work at Learning Sciences Research Institute as Senior Research Associate at the University of Illinois Chicago where he was involved with studies of best practices of teacher education and technology. Additional experiences include, working with John Bransford at Vanderbilt University’s Learning Technology Center as Project Coordinator for the school’s Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology Grant (PT3). The grant, national in scope, was responsible for disseminating and helping to implement research on learning and technology into grant activities and the activities of grant partners. Bob now heads up the IRIS Connect project at the University of Mississippi and is part of the Mobile Learning Portal Project at the University of Texas - Austin. The Portal project involves Dr. Paul Resta, who holds the Ruth Knight Millikan Centennial Professorship in Instructional Technology and serves as Director of the Learning Technology Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

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