Doing Productive Work
On mathtv.com there is a video that says “Never mistake activity for achievement.” I like this because sometimes I see really busy classrooms, but I am left wondering what the students are learning. Busy should be productive. Busy should be fruitful. Busy should be standards-based, rigorous and engaging.
Busy, alone can be dangerous. It can be dangerous because we see our students working but we have to always ask ourselves, “Are they learning?” Being engaged is necessary but not sufficient. Being engaged in standards-based, rigorous and exciting activities can lead to amazing achievement.