Education Reform From the Teacher's Perspective

Sunday, April 10, 2011

I've long been a proponent of not lowering the bar. I teach both gifted and regular ed students and my strategy is that good teaching is good teaching. If I differentiate for my gifted students and keep the interest level high for them, why would I not do the same thing for my more average students?

I have found that what would be termed "regular ed" students often surpass in creativity and even in greater depth of understanding my gifted students. For example, I was doing a particular poem with my students and teaching the concept of metaphor. One of my "difficult" students came up to me and told me that the entire poem was a metaphor...and he was absolutely right!

All students are gifted in their own way! It is the teachers job to help them discover that gift!

'Gifted' as a Self-fulfilling Prophecy

Dr. James Norwood is a middle school teacher (English/Language Arts and Drama). He is very passionate about true education reform that reaches all students and all parents. Dr. Norwood possess a PhD in the area of curriculum and instruction and spends much of his time working with his school and district developing a more holistic approach to the curriculum. Contact me


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