I should really be in my car to school, but I live so near for a purpose. I ask a few questions this morning in response to the notion that the UK might follow USA models of teaching.
Is it possible to be an outstanding teacher, and yet for your students to not achieve outstanding results? Is the converse possible, too? Are parents – and students – so bothered (if results are great?) I hold it as evident that results trump, especially over time. However, securing results involves AfL, and teaching the exam, and all the rest of it. Giving a chance of achieving results allows other teaching. And dead poet society teaching indulges in kids’ lives – they need qualifications.
That is all.
My opinion? Teach the exam, and so teach the students so they cannot fail to get the grades they deserve. And have built in moments of cultural capital that the students might follow in their own time.