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As I finished reading 'The Global Achievement Gap' by Tony Wagner, I constructed a few thoughts of my own concerning the US school system that does not prepare students as global citizens who can compete in the realities of life against productive, mature students of India, China, Finland, etc. I really don't think in the first place the system is that bad, as I worked in the school where accommodations were made to meet the majority of students' needs, and it was a public school, but improvement is always important and possible on any level. I do think that assessments are important, as teachers need to be held accountable for their students' results, as a matter of fact, students need to have basics, such as successful passing of the high school assessments indicate the student's ability to produce on a necessary level for high school, ready to graduate with that minimum of skills underlined in the assessments. We don't imply that those assessments are organized to prepare students... read more

We have to believe. The  more I teach, the more I understand how important it is to have faith in our students' potential every single day. They do what we think they can do. As we pose them, guide them, that will be their direction . Sometimes it is hard to believe in all of our students, as they are all different, and we can be easily compatible with some of them, but it will be harder to reach for everyone. However, all of them are able, we just have to have a faith in them. My Mom always says:  "Encourage your students, it is not important how much they know, or how much they understand, important is how we make them feel about themselves." As teachers, we are running out of patience at times, we feel frustrated and tired, and that's the moment, when we have to carefully watch out for our actions. This is when we lose control over our own emotions, and let the unwanted come towards our students. They  take our words seriously, they remember it, and... read more

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