Saturday, August 27, 2016

Teach Well: Separate Truth from Heresay

Heresay can reign if we don't ask the right questions. Good questions/comments that can separate the truth from heresay include the following:
  • Can I take a look at the data? What does the data say?
  • How was the data analyzed? Why was that analysis strategy used? 
  • May I see that in writing so I can give it greater thought and depth?
  • What publicized facts led to that assumption?
  • Why would you say that? What evidence led you to that conclusion?
  • How many? When? Whom?
  • Let's lay out the timeline of events to show how the issue evolved?
  • How was this handled in similar circumstances?
Too often as humans we jump to conclusions or accept heresay as fact and truth when there isn't the evidence or facts to back up such assumptions.

When I read Intentional Interruption, the book demonstrated how we naturally choose comfort over truth or conjecture over reality since it's easier and more comforting. 

When teaching well we have to focus in on our students and what they need. And in doing so, we have to look at the data and find out the facts to lead us to the best possible support and effort.

In conversation about school, listen carefully. Work to separate heresay from fact and then work with honest data to develop the amazing potential that exists for every child.