Season of Change

This is my initial post on my new blog, Theory and Practice. It is a forum for summarizing and analyzing what is relevant in education today. Thanks go to Norah Colvin for encouraging me to branch out into this type of weekly reader response. I look forward to keeping this weekly practice of finding the patterns, trends, and themes in education.

Matt Renwick

Change in Season This image was taken in front of my school a few weeks ago. In Central Wisconsin, the leaves hit their peak color in early October. The sugar maple pictured here is the state’s tree.

What Reflects a Great School? Not Test Scores by Regie Routman (Education Week, October 22, 2014)

Regie Routman writes a very pointed commentary about the educational world’s infatuation with standardized tests. She admits that it is possible to raise assessment scores with lots of preparatory work, but the results are “an achievement mirage” which do not truly reflect a school’s collective ability. Routman calls upon school leaders to avoid such an environment, and instead focus on what works for teachers and students and motivates the entire school to make admirable achievements. Developing trust, modeling best practice during staff meetings, advocating for authenticity in instruction, and “focusing on what’s most essential for students” are some of the most important tenets…

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Author: Matt Renwick

Matt Renwick is a 17-year public educator who began as a 5th and 6th grade teacher. After seven years of teaching, he served as a dean of students, assistant principal and athletic director before becoming an elementary principal in Wisconsin Rapids. Matt is now an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District (http://mineralpointschools.org/). Matt tweets @ReadByExample and writes for ASCD (www.ascd.org) and Lead Literacy (www.leadliteracy.com).

1 thought on “Season of Change”

  1. Thank you Matt. I am so pleased you found my remarks sufficient encouragement to create your new blog. I look forward to following up on your recommendations. 🙂

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