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Seizing the Teachable Moment

February 9, 2013

I encourage you to read today’s Opinion piece in the New York Times, “The Secret to Fixing Bad Schools“, by David Kirp. In it, Kirp focuses on the remarkable turnaround achieved by teachers in Union City, NJ public schools. What I found especially relevant to our work at St. Andrew’s is how intentional the teachers are in making use of “teachable moments” in kindergarten through 12th grade. “It’s all about exposure to concepts — wide, narrow, long, short,” said one teacher. Kirp remarks at one point that at these public schools, “To succeed, students must become thinkers, not just test-takers.”

How have teachable moments helped you challenge your students to think?

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