Originally posted Sunday, March 30, 2014
I went to CUE 14 in Palm Springs and saw keynote speaker Sal Kahn of Kahn Academy. He made a great analogy in his speech I wanted to share.
Imagine that instead of building a student’s knowledge you are building a house.
You get a contractor to work on the foundation with a specified timeline. He does what he can in the time given, and an inspector comes to take a look. He examines it, says its about 75 percent good. You say, "OK, that’s a C+, so let's move on to building the next floor!" The contractor builds it, and inspector says it’s about 90 percent. You think "Great!" and move onto floor three.
Eventually you're working on the sixth floor and the whole house tumbles down.
You want to blame the contractor, claiming he wasn’t good enough. You will also want to blame the inspector. But the truth is, you were aware of the deficiencies. You just ignored them.
Dean Vendramin. Educator for over 20 years. Currently Education Leader for Math/Science at Archbishop M.C. O'Neill Catholic High School. Have a passion for all things in education with emphasis on technology integration, assessment, professional development, and 21 Century Education. Posts are articles he has written for the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation monthly newsletter The Bulletin, Saskatchewan Math Teachers' Society The Variable, blog requests from memberships he is a part of, and his own thoughts.