Reflection: Grade Book and Data Analysis "Blood Will Have Blood": The Ghost of Banquo Performance and Film Comparison (3.4) - Section 1: Teacher to Teacher: Lesson Time Frame and Context


My friend Maja Wilson aptly expresses my thoughts about data and the emphasis on metrics in a 2010 Answer Sheet column, "Teacher: Data my new dirty word."

Now, teaching itself has become redefined as generating, collecting, and using data, and learning has become redefined as the curve connecting data points. This is a fundamental 
shift in how educators think, talk, and go about educating our children. Unfortunately, it is not a shift that serves anyone but the data-collectors very well.

Admittedly, I'm not much of a numbers person, unless I'm doing Macy's math, and I'm weary of the flawed value-added assessments and general mentality about data collection. Frankly, student learning has given way to the false premise that data matters more than any other factor in student learning. 

Nevertheless, I must abide by the mandates while pushing against the march to the numbers mentality that troubles me. This lesson shows one way I do that: I make the data collection as closely aligned to the learning objectives I've established and give the mandated assessments as little attention as possible. 

We all have to live w/in certain parameters, so we're guilty of insubordination. However, we should look for ways not to have the testing and data collection man pull the strings that control our daily instruction. We teach for students--not to tests. 

  Data: It's a Four-Letter Word
  Grade Book and Data Analysis: Data: It's a Four-Letter Word
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"Blood Will Have Blood": The Ghost of Banquo Performance and Film Comparison (3.4)

Unit 8: Oh, Horror! Horror! Horror! "The Tragedy of Macbeth"
Lesson 10 of 13

Objective: SWBAT analyze Macbeth's mental decline in the Ghost of Banquo scene (3.4).

Big Idea: Life's slippery slope decisions lead to dire consequences.

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English / Language Arts, Classics (Literature), Dramatic Arts, Macbeth, Film Comparison, Comparison/contrast essay, literarture
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