When I was a little girl, I once overheard my daddy tell a client, “You can’t make the lamb fatter by weighing it all the time. You have to FEED it, too!”
Huh? He worked in the produce industry. We didn’t have any lambs.
Later, when I was in high school “studying” for my SATs by taking practice tests over and over, he said the same thing to me. I was a bit of a smart aleck, and I replied, “Uh, okay. Good to know,” while (silently, of course) thinking he was bit obsessed with that skinny lamb.
I didn’t have any idea what he meant…until I had been teaching for a couple of years.
Yes. We test too much. We weigh the lambs over and over again expecting growth. Instead, we need to feed the lambs.
There’s more to it, though, isn’t there?
We have all heard, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”
In the contemporary digital arena, there is today no longer a centralized, ‘ivory tower’ of knowledge that teachers can feed their students to ensure academic success in the 21st century. That is the old way – 20th century food. No one wants old food.
We must teach students how to feed themselves using 21st century resources, skills, and opportunities. Fresh food is always better.
There will always be “scales” with which to measure student achievement. What we teach students, however, will determine how much – and in what direction – that needle on the scale moves.
This blog is devoted to learning with authentic outcomes, global destinations, and pathways that encourage connected social interactions. This is as important for my own learning as it is for my students’ growth.
When we feed ourselves well, we can better feed our lambs.