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I propose we abandon traditional forms of assessment in schools to focus on a more creative learning environment.

We need to implement new ideas in our education system. Creative teaching may be a challenge for some teachers due to the heavy emphasis on state testing that we see today. As educators, to ensure the success of our students on the state tests, we must teach to the test. This could hinder the opportunity for teachers to be creative. How can we turn our classrooms into a more creative environment and a more enjoyable learning experience? It is my belief that students should find a way to prove their knowledge to the teachers. Seeing as how students all learn in different ways given Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences theory, they should be assessed in ways that adhere to their learning styles. Give your students the option to show you what they learned.

Today, in most professions, you get basic training or education before you start but most of your learning will occur in the field. Our job as educators is to prepare our students for the real world; so shouldn't most of our teaching occur in the real world? In order to learn life's lessons, students will most likely not be answering with a pen and a piece of paper. Life's lessons require action or demonstrations, so what are we preparing them for by relying so heavily on written tests?

We need to place less emphasis on the numbers that our students get out of our teachers and more about the experience our students receive. Education isn’t about which student is getting the best grades; education is about which student gets the most out of the experiences that our teachers provide. Almost every year, a teacher can probably pick out which student is their “smartest” student within the first two weeks of school. However, a teacher can almost never pick out which student will learn the most from them until the end of the year.

By solving this problem, we can also improve students’ opinions of school and change it from a place they HAVE to go to everyday to a place they WANT to go to everyday to learn new things.

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  • May 14 2013: I agree and propose we also abandon traditional schools (as we now know them) and create new ones. I see the "alternative" solution being a variety of schools to teach a variety of learners.

    School #1: for the students that thrive at a desk, learning from text, work sheets, lectures, and standardized testing, let them have the existing part of the school system that works.

    School#2 (and I know there are some out there): for the student that wants to learn LA/SS, science, math, music, visual and performing arts and other disciplines through an arts infused school. I am an art teacher and continually teach students how to measure, learn proportions, the science of light and mixing colors, think/speak/write about what they see in a piece of art, (musical score/play for the other arts) etc....

    School#3: an outdoor school set up to teach all the disciplines (including the arts of course) where a student can learn physics by climbing a tree and dropping something to measure/test gravity; build a sling shot to teach engineering, design and physics, as well as paint or draw outdoors (plein air), dig up the earth to discover what's below....

    School#4 and more...love to hear about them

    The lessons learned are endless in any of the above environments. However, I see these schools/environments as having to be physically separate/different schools with teachers that fit best with the environment. Logistically they could be housed in the same building, but need to have a distinction btw them.

    In most cases, if the teacher (or professional) is an expert in their subject matter, they could most likely teach at any one of the above schools. A teacher would probably be more inspiring if they selected the type of school they would like to teach at...and maybe move around these schools throughout their career. It would definitely keep me interested in learning more about what I am teaching.

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