Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow."
~Anthony J. D'Angelo
How do we help students develop a passion for learning? It starts by understanding them as individuals, by structuring learning activities that specifically address their needs, by acknowledging their successes in a positive way, and by showing patience when they struggle. We develop a student's passion for learning by making learning relevant so students understand how the knowledge they gain in school can be applied to help them meet life's challenges.
We are at a time when the demands on schools are greater. Districts have adopted state standards that are more rigorous. As examples, students are required to demonstrate literacy skills that show higher order thinking and a greater ability to comprehend informational text. In math, students have to demonstrate skills and understandings of mathematical concepts at a deeper level. Other recent challenges in education include administering more difficult state assessments in more grade levels. Districts also have adopted standardized teacher evaluation tools as part of the new tenure law requirements that demand even more teacher accountability.
In light of these mandates, a passion for learning can be lost if requirements are put ahead of relationships. We must always be mindful to first show concern for others, provide support based on individual needs, and as long as a person is doing their best, be satisfied with the outcome. This way, we can ensure that learning, growth, and a passion for learning will continue in perpetuity.
I am thankful for the opportunity to be part of the River Dell community and hope that my involvement with colleagues, students and parents will be enriching to all.
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Supervision