Tuesday, November 18, 2014

In the real world, we wouldn't judge a teacher by their students' test scores

My family has farmed for over 100 years in the Red Deer, Alberta, area. I'm the first teacher in my farming family, and I'm in my 15th year of teaching.

Here's a post I wrote about the effects of poverty on learning with a farming metaphor.

Teachers who are proud of their high scores and ashamed of their poor scores are a part of the problem. Here's my article on Telling Time with a Broken Clock: the trouble with standardized tests.


  1. Mr. Bower,

    I really really really enjoyed your farming metaphor. It related in every way possible to what you were saying about poverty not being an excuse.

    Aimee Perkins


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