Wednesday, April 30, 2008


I'm reading this newsletter my principal sent around. It's about magic bullets and NCLB.
The newsletter states that student achievement is not about one magic method, mandate, or belief-set. It is all about access.
That's the magic bullet-access. Access to the same content, access to the same knowledge, access to the same skills.
Now naturally y'all think by 'access' I mean internet access. While that might be a small part of it, it is not the entire story.
I have worked with many challenged individuals. I am myself challenged. Educators, like myself, can seek a way to make their course content accessible to every child, to find a way to differentiate for every learner, to provide the same skills to every future citizen.
Then we are making the content, knowledge, & skills accessible and not only available to a privileged few. This is what access to Web2.0 tools has done for me. It is given forward-to k12 learners in our schools now.
Many know some of the challenges I face. One is handwriting. Many take this skill for granted. Those of us with this challenge do not. I am now able to connect and collaborate with others without the impediment of a skill I can never master.
How many learners do we discourage and hold back from the conversation because of this lack of access?
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Cheryl Oakes said...

Thanks for these profound words. Such a simple act of writing a name or word can be a challenge. I agree, we need to make our classrooms and our conversations accessible to all. Thank you for the reminder!
Cheryl Oakes

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