I wrote the following in an email today:

Just because kids will work hard and do whatever we ask them to do doesn’t [automatically] mean we should be asking them to do what it is we are asking them to do.



  1. This is good to remember when assigning homework . . . what is the purpose, is it meaningful?

  2. As Mad-Eye Moody would say, “constant vigilance.” Including lots and lots and lots of genuine student voice. Attention to mission. Awareness different students are different people traveling different paths.

  3. Sally Gajewski (EDM310)

    You make a very valid point, but whats wrong with challenging your students to see if that student or them students are the gifted one or ones. Say you give them a worksheet with Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Precalculus, and Calculus. You tell them that it is not a graded paper, but for everyone they get right they get a bonus point on the next test or what ever. I like this quote it speaks a very powerful message.

  4. Very thought provoking. I like this school of thought that gets us thinking about how we’re relating and teaching students. I also agree with the first comment author, Cyndi, on the topic of homework. This statement could definitely be applied in thinking about homework.

  5. Hi,
    My name is Chelsea Calvert. I am a student at the University of South Alabama in EDM310. This is a great quote. As teacher we always need to think of why we are having the students do whatever it is we assign them. We need to make sure it has a purpose. This quote is a reminder of just that. Thank you for sharing.

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