The Purpose of Schools

“Schools began in ancient time as places set apart from the real world…the theory and practice dichotomy is nothing new…the idea that a school ought to provide both abstract and practical experience is largely a twentieth century convention” (Ellis, 2004, p. 150-151). What is the purpose of schools? This simple yet fundamental question has been […]

Gaining a New Perspective in a Foreign Land

I had no idea. I mean, I knew that administrators put in long hours, working under a heavy stress load to ensure that good things are happening for kids. But truly, I had no comprehension of the level or type of stress that is inherent with juggling multiple projects simultaneously, dealing with a demanding Board […]

Tools of the Trade

  “In teaching as in carpentry, the selection of tools depends on the task at hand and the materials one is working with” (How People Learn: Bridging Research and Practice, 1999, p. 18-19). Device for doing work, a means to an end, something used for a job- instrument, implement, device, means, utensil, apparatus, contrivance, and […]

Standard 5 Meta-reflection: Assessment [EDU 6613 Standards-based Assessment]

Standard 5 Assessment Assesses students’ mastery of curriculum and modifies instruction to maximize learning.  Beginning at the End When I initially went through the process of putting to paper a plan for my two-year Curriculum and Instruction program at Seattle Pacific University (SPU), I was cognizant of the order that I would take classes in. […]