Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Are We Too Accommodating to Today's Students?

As a nation, we have accommodated students’ needs more and more as we work to provide them with the optimal learning environment, but at what point does accommodating become enabling?

Laura Klein, 8th grade teacher at I.S. 217, Rafael Hernandez School of Performing Arts in the Bronx, explains, “It’s our job to teach them no matter what. We are often the adults that children see with the most consistency and frequency, and we are responsible for their educations, in the broadest sense of that word. But to truly help them be successful, we ourselves have to embody the “no excuses” attitude.”

“The problem is that by allowing ourselves no excuses, and doing whatever it takes to make students successful, we often find ourselves accepting excuses from them.”

As an educator, do you ever make excuses for your students? If so, where do you draw the line?

Read Laura Klein’s full article here

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