I am a big believer in providing students multiple opportunities for practice. In the book Outliers by Malcolm Galdwell, the author proposes that 10,000 hours of practice is the critical minimum level of practice for excellence at performing complex tasks. While the number is debatable, the idea that practice is vital for success is significant. Educators should embrace the idea since it can have a positive impact on students' learning. As a result, teachers should design their classroom and daily instruction to include multiple opportunities for practice. Here is a excellent example from our school where the classroom is designed for students to gain multiple opportunities for practice in representing numbers.
We accept children as we receive them at the school doors. Sometimes students arrive to school academically underperforming. We must accept it by moving forward. We move forward by not assigning fault, looking for a scapegoat to blame, or providing excuses. We move forward with by what I call "Owning It". In other words taking responsibility to provide instruction that catches students up to grade level. It will not be easy however it starts to be possible when we disregard fault, blame, and excuses to why students are performing low. At Joe May Elementary, many of our students arrived academically low. We are moving forwarding by owning it. Thank goodness for Kid President pep talks since we need every bit of motivation to remain persistent and focused as the school year progresses.
Fernando Rubio Jr. is a transformational education leader with one purpose: transforming lives by closing the achievement gap in public urban schools in order to set up students for life long success.