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Model Schools Conference

Posted by MrsVance on June 28, 2008

This has been a very busy summer so far. Minor surgery, family vacation, Model Schools Conference and now NECC. Before I get too far away from it and don’t feel like writing it, I want to say something about the Model Schools Conference.

This was my first year to attend and it was very impressive. I was familiar with the Rigor and Relevance framework, but this was an opportunity to really delve into what it might mean in my classroom practice.

If it is possible to distill such a conference into a few thoughts here they are:

  1. We have the responsibility to insist on a rigorous curriculum for all of our students.
  2. Many of our students have no interest in participating in a more rigorous curriculum.
  3. Our students will participate in a more rigorous curriculum if they find it personally relevant.
  4. We must develop relationships with our students in order to know what they find personally relevant.
  5. We must also help our students to develop aspirations for their futures.
  6. Aspirations = having dreams for the future while being inspired in the present to work to achieve those dreams.

Next week I will take some time to really think about what I am going to do differently this year. For now I know that I will be contacting my students this summer to begin establishing the relationships that will allow me to plan for rigor that my students will find relevant.

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