More high-quality stuff from The Innovative Educator

February 6, 2011 at 6:48 pm Leave a comment

by Alec Patton

Here’s some more great stuff from The Innovative Educator (alias Lisa Nielsen). This is a post in which she responds to the question ‘How will kids know if they’re good at something without tests?’

I love the question about kids and tests. Because it’s really easy to answer. Which makes me feel smart.

I say, “Do you take tests?”

They say, “Not anymore,” and smile like, “You’ve got to be kidding…”

I say, “Are you great at everything you do?”

They say, “Um…No. Obviously.” And laugh uncomfortably.

I say, “How do you know?”

Here’s what I think kids should do instead of taking tests AND drinking milkshakes*: They should work on real projects.

via The Innovative Educator: But How Will Kids Know? – Learning with out Testing.


*Earlier in the post, she makes the case that kids would be much better served by drinking milkshakes (especially peanut butter) than taking tests.

Entry filed under: Education & Children's Services.

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