« Getting Serious About 21st-Century Skills | Main | Can Someone Fix the A/C? »

Emotionally Distant Teachers?

Reflecting on what students say they truly value in their teachers--things like getting to know them personally, providing meaningful feedback, smiling--NYC educator Ariel Sacks worries that the increased focus on "data and test preparation has created a new kind of distance between today's teachers and students." She explains:

Educators in New York regularly refer to specific students as numbers: "She's a 1; he's a high 2..." etc. And as I spend more time looking at student work for data on what percentage of the class has mastered standard X and deciding how to respond, I have less time to give meaningful qualitative feedback on student work....

She also suspects that she and her colleagues smile less than they used to.

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login |  Register
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Follow This Blog

Advertisement

Most Viewed On Teacher

Categories

Archives

Recent Comments