Mark Sherburne

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Mark Sherburne
Posted almost 3 years ago
How do we re-embody the education system?
I moved from teaching in a private high school to teaching in a private middle school and thought that I would be free at last from having to prep my students so much in SAT skills. I was thrilled to get the chance to let my middle school students explore all sorts of mathematical relationships outside of the class room as well as build models for bridges, towers, buildings, catapults, etc.......actually PLAY with math. As it turned out, I found myself having to cover too many skills in too little time in order to prepare my students for the SSAT to get them into competitive high schools....which 70-90 percent of my parents wanted!! Changing entrance requirements by eliminating standardized tests would go a long way toward freeing up teaching/mentoring time.
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Mark Sherburne
Posted almost 3 years ago
How do we re-embody the education system?
Give our students research and presentation assignments that requires them to learn skills along the way but also allows them to freely move, interview, collaborate, in large part just the way an investigative journalist or research scientist might work. Don't just lock them up in a desk for hours at a time memorizing facts in books.