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Susan Notes:

It's always good news when a teacher stands up and asks questions. SILENCE is the enemy, and it will kill you. The graveyard is a very quiet place.

My experience is that the really good teachers are always calling on themselves to do more. These are the teachers who, no matter how hard they work, are always saying, "I just wish I could do more." This interior self-motivation is much more of a clue of teacher excellence than standardized test scores could ever be.

by Wendy

I really do appreciate the content on your site. It often helps to see that there are others still asking the why questions in education. I look forward to continued posts
on your site. I am paying attention.

In my district, I have earned the reputation as the teacher who always asks Why?


  • Why are we implementing multiple computer remediation programs when there is no research supporting their use?

  • Why are we implementing a basal reader program with no professional development to help teachers not slide back into boring rote drill?

  • Why are we being asked to increase the rigor of homework when research shows homework in elementary school does not increase academic

  • I am a pain in the neck and am proud of it, but it does become exhausting when no one wants to answer the questions.

    Every school year I remind myself that I can make a difference in the lives of 25 or so children, make learning fun, relevant, and meaningful.

    Of course, I do it with my door closed. I just wish I could do more.

    — Wendy
    private correspondence, July 8, 2010


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