Welcome back to the Sustainable Teacher Podcast, or welcome for the first time if this is the first episode of the show that you’re listening to. Either way, I’m so happy to have you listening in. And I’m going to start off by saying that this episode will be a healthy dose of tough love.
I have all the love for my people - and my people are teachers. They are educators through and through, and I love them. But I also have tough love for you today. And I’ll say that a dose of tough love might not be exactly what you want today. Heck, it might not be what you need, because you really need an open ear to vent to. And that’s healthy as well, but unfortunately, on this platform I can’t be that listening ear, so I encourage you to go and find it. We have our Sustainable Teacher Podcast private community on Facebook that you are welcome to join and find a safe place to vent and express your concerns. Be sure to...
As I’m sitting to write this episode, I’m in an approximately six square feet space in the cab of our pick up truck pulling our camper on our way home from our Christmas vacation with three boys and our dog. I’m reflecting on what was by far our best camper-trip yet as it was at the beginning of winter and was full of sunshine which we Midwesterners aren’t used to in December.
It was a great refresh.
But you know what I thought about quite a bit? Work.
Not in a way that was stifling to my or our enjoying the trip. Not at all. We just had a lot of relaxation time. And that meant my mind was able to wonder and think and plan.
And it reminded me of how I was with my classroom when on a break or vacation.
When I was able to step back from it, I was able to think about it in a clearer way. I was able to work on my classroom rather than in my classroom.
Today I’m asking you the question, in a very non-rhetorical way,...
What impacts student learning most is not a new conversation here in the USA (or in the world for that matter). It's been hotly debated for quite some time.
What impacts student learning most?
Learning must be measured by tests.
Or, wait, tests hinder learning.
How does technology impact learning?
Standards-based, flipped classroom, project-based, problem-based, student centered, backwards planning, flexible seating...
Wow - so many things. So many ways to impact student learning.
How in the world do we know what strategies impact students the most?
That's just it... there is no ONE strategy that will impact student learning more than another.
... there is one person.
If you're reading this post, this is probably no surprise to you that teachers are the number one influencer in a student's learning.
But I don't want to just say that and claim it as truth. I want you to see for yourself.
Economists Raj Chetty and John N. Friedman of Harvard and Jonah E....