I’ve been reading Bob Marzano research studies for years, and while I don’t always agree with the conclusions that he draws — especially about the glory of the Interactive Whiteboard — his work has helped to define the actions that I take in my classroom.

One Marzano finding — more than any other — is burned on my full-time classroom teacher’s brain.

I whipped it into a slide this morning.  Here it is:

(download slide and view original image credit on Flickr)

Think about that for a minute, y’all.  If it’s going to take 23 YEARS to adequately cover the standards in the K12 curriculum, we have some difficult choices to make.

We can EITHER add another 10 years to the time that our students spend in school OR we can start to make some critical decisions — based on what we know about the kids in our community and the skills necessary to succeed in tomorrow’s world — about what we ARE and ARE NOT going to teach.

Which of those two choices are YOU prepared to make?


Related Radical Reads:

Stuffing Kids with Content

How Guaranteed and Viable is YOUR Curriculum?

Brainpop and the Overloaded Curriculum

Calling Out #atplc Nation


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