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  1. The learning principles are too complex. Less is more. Each principle contains many ideas that are not clarified. Also, what type of training will be provided for teachers to implement these principles effectively? How are the students responsible for these principles? How will these principles be measured?

    Submitted: 4/23/10

  2. Where is student responsibility represented in the learning principles? Learning is a process and requires the student to take an active role in their education. They need to self-advocate, be responsible and engaged in all that is necessary to be a successful student. All the onus should not be on the teacher, the student needs to be actively involved in their education.

    Submitted: 4/23/10

  3. Please translate/simplify: Understand facts and ideas within a conceptual framework and the context of meaningful problems. DOUBLESPEAK

    Submitted: 4/23/10

  4. Learning Principle #1 - understand the purpose and outcomes of their learning.... - we feel this is not practical for all students - especially Non-Honors/Non-AP students.

    #2 - make meaning of content and learn with understanding --- be straight forward - just say - Make Meaning of Content! Learn with understanding is redundant

    #3 - self-assess their work and learning through reflection and setting rigorous goals -- grammatical structure is not correct - again keep it simple ... this step is inherent in Learning Principle #2 - when students learn they do self-assess and goal set as a part of understanding

    #4 - this is solid

    #5 - this is acceptable -- good teachers should be doing this naturally!

    #6 - this varies from the amount of diversity that is present in Parkway. We believe this is so variable that it would be hard to measure. How about?? - Experience learning challenges.

    #7 and #8 - should be combined, they are the same thing!

    #9 - Keep it simple - understand facts and ideas within a conceptual framework -- only!

    #10 - How about? - everyone should work to improve their abilities and understanding

    Submitted: 4/23/10

  5. 1.) How can we be evaluated on how students self assess? 2.) How can these principles be measured in a classroom 3.) Taking intellectual risks is a committment, not a principle.

    Submitted: 4/23/10

  6. Does their need to be a principle more focused on helping those all-too-frequent students who come into our classrooms without basic skills: READING, WRITING

    Submitted: 4/23/10

  7. so vague as to be meaningless?

    Submitted: 4/23/10

  8. ~Taking intellectual risks is a commitment, not a principle ~Also, regarding the same bullet, the phrasing enhances mistake making rather than creating a climate where making a mistake is safe and from which to be learned ~The principle "experiencing learning challenges that match their needs and personal interests" leads to the direct interpretation that unless the material matches a students needs or personal interests, they need not learn it. Instead, students should challenge themselves by getting out of their comfort zones. ~How can we be held accountable for these when we don't see how most of these principles can't be measured?

    Submitted: 4/23/10

  9. Where in the learning principles is the responsibility of the students to commit to their learning? If the document continually places the onus on the teacher and fails to recognize the symbiotic relationship of the educational experience then we as a district fail the student and the parent. They must be represented in the work we all do.

    Submitted: 4/23/10

  10. The final learning principle concerning intelligence should be eliminated. We do believe that all students can learn but to tie this to a student's intelligence is unfair to the teacher.

    Submitted: 4/23/10

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