Academic journal article Childhood Education

Films, Videos, and DVDs

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Films, Videos, and DVDs

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In today's schooling, the emphasis is on what the child "achieves" or knows according to a paper-and-pencil test, often timed and standardized. Teachers are pressured to have their students do well and the sanctions associated with poor performance on such tests can be quite brutal, even including loss of the teaching position. Most educators are well aware that there is more to teaching than pouring in facts via the top-down approach. It is more vital to teach for overall understanding of concepts and how they may fit together. As educators, we all want to succeed with every student. We try to plan lessons that are likely to achieve this goal. When students don't learn (perform well on tests), blame is placed squarely on the teacher. Most teaching professionals realize the innate unfairness of this practice. However, it not only is unfair, it may also be untrue.

One of the first things prospective teachers are told in their preparation programs is that just because you taught it doesn't mean they know it. …

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