Saturday, November 12, 2005

Saturday Academy Works!

Yes, yes, yes. On those skills pre-taught/ front-loaded at Saturday Academy, students who attended averaged 93%. This is good. Students who were targeted but did not attend averaged 72%. Of the students in attendance, 88% of them MASTERed the skills, while only 22% of those targeted but not attending MASTERed the skills.

All students can learn! All students can learn!

They just need to spend an extra 4 hours in ultra-high teacher-student ratio environments to do it. Okay. This means Saturday Academy next week, too. And I need to get more kids there (but not too many, or they become too smart and destroy the dynamic). And I need to get the school to subsidize the pizza. I'll donate my labor, but I want pizza-delivery comped.

All students can learn! All students can learn!

This is one of those double-edged things: Once you establish that Saturday's work, you now feel ethically/professionally obligated to keep them going. How can you not? Students experience their first real successes, the secret has been unearthed. More time on task and smaller class sizes, who woulda guessed? I've got the calendar open right now, and I'm plotting out the days and the skills that will be pre-taught. What else can I do? These are big-time results.

District leadership take note: The longer kids are in school, the smaller the classes are, the better they perform. Loosen them purse strings.

UPDATE: P.O.Y. and Vice-P.O.Y. volunteer pizza subsidies. It's on.


Blogger posthipchick said...

just another reason you're a far better teacher than i.

9:35 AM  
Blogger Johanna said...

Good God you are a dedicated individual. I agree with phc, you're not only a better teacher but a better person.

8:25 PM  
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