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Faculty Consideration Of Wagner’S Global Achievement Gap,


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  • 1. Faculty Consideration of Wagner’s Global Achievement Gap , Ch. 1
    • Six Discussion Groups Considered the Following:
    • What Do We Argue with?
    • What we Agree With?
    • What does Wagner Inspire us to Aspire to?
    • What will be the Impact on Student Learning?
  • 2. 1a. Arguing with Wagner:
    • Groups expressed the following about concerns or objections or questions to Wagner:
    • What is the relevancy to independent schools?
    • Wagner is arguing against NCLB, not NAIS.
    • We do know, contrary to Wagner, what goes in classrooms.
    • Wagner is too serious; we should have fun too in our classrooms.
  • 3. 1b. Arguing with Wagner (cont.)
    • Dislike his “sky is falling mentality.”
    • Value of educating for active citizenship is given short-shrift.
    • Overt nationalism is hard to swallow.
    • Wagner seems to want economics to drive education.
  • 4. 1c.Arguing with Wagner (cont.)
    • Too Alarmist.
    • Inaccurate comparisons with education in other countries.
    • Devaluation of memorization.
    • Devaluation of liberal arts.
    • Too many anecdotes and generalizations.
    • Devaluation of AP.
  • 5. 2a. Agreements with Wagner
    • Greatly Agree with ALL 7 Skills.
    • Appreciate his endorsement of teaching writing & communication.
    • Agreement with his concern that we over-emphasize standardized testing.
    • Appreciate his valuing of acute observation skills.
  • 6. 2b. Agreements with Wagner
    • His 7 skills are important (but they are not new!).
    • Agree with his emphasis on personal connection and meaningfulness as pedagogical tools.
    • Agreement with his characterization of teacher as model and facilitator.
    • Admiration for his emphasis on analytical skills and critical thinking.
  • 7. 2c. Agreeing with Wagner
    • Appreciate his emphasis on curiosity and inquiry.
    • Agreement with his Key skill of collaboration across networks.
    • Agreement that we need to do more motivation and engagement
    • Agreement on importance of excellent, broad communication skills
  • 8. 3a. Aspirations Wagner inspires
    • We aspire to:
    • Examine the questions we ask our students.
    • Incorporate writing MORE>
    • Think through how to assess the achievement of the 7 skills
  • 9. 3b. Aspirations Wagner Inspires
    • We want to focus on how the 7 Survival Skills inform our teaching:
    • We want to strengthen our own master of the seven skills.
    • We want to encourage natural curiosity.
    • We agreed that there can be a balance of core skills and the 7 Skills.
  • 10. 3c. Aspirations Wagner Inspires
    • More student centered teaching brings more learning.
    • Involve students more in assessment.
    • We have many opportunities to practice 7Skills:
    • Ropes Course
    • Daily Meeting Student-led clubs
    • Many community protocols
  • 11. 3d. Aspirations Wagner Inspires
    • To build trust through emotional connections
    • Raise level of discussions and conversations in classes.
    • Exploit our smaller classes such that we can facilitate students asking better questions and taking more emotional risks.
    • Guiding our students to become greater “global citizens.”
  • 12. What Will Happen for our Students?
    • We only barely got this this fourth question, but one group offered:
    • Having more fun!
    • Learning for the love of learning, not the grade.