My colleagues challenge my thinking everyday....With No Child Left Behind, we're faced with the constant charge to close the achievement gap. During a recent book study discussion (Dufours' Learning by Doing) with the CSIP Leadership Team, one of the teachers posed the question, "If we are truly moving ALL learners forward, then we should never close the gap. If we closed the gap, wouldn't we be holding some learners back while waiting for others to catch up?" Oh boy!! Pregnant pause! Take time to reflect on this one.
If we truly honor differentiation, aren't ALL students learning? I don't think anyone would agree with me that it's okay to tell a student, "I know you already know this, but I want you to do it anyway." Really? Would you want that for your child? I can't say that I'd want it for mine. She deserves better. And so does your child.
Let's not close the gap. Let's take each child from where he/she is and MOVE them. EXTEND them. CHALLENGE them. INSPIRE them. EMPOWER them.