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ERIC Number: EJ831133
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1931-6569
Systems Thinking and Students: Relationships, Student Achievement, and the Curriculum
Garrett, Shelley; Roberson, Sam
AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, v5 n1 p21-26 Spr 2008
The surge of high-stakes testing and accountability has been felt in Texas and all across the country. Every state is demanding to some degree or another that administrators and teachers increase their workload, alter their teaching, rearrange the curriculum, adjust professional development, and implement improvement programs in order to raise test scores. Various government entities from the national to the state level want to prove that America's system of education is working; however, for all the high-stakes testing and consequent desperate measures, including aligning the curriculum to instruction and assessment, there has been very little improvement in student learning. What, then, can be done to improve student performance and increase student motivation with regard to their academic performance in this high-stakes testing world? Building relationships starts with every adult in a community and in a school--from the top to the bottom and everywhere in between. Building relationships can invigorate a staff with a new sense of purpose and mission--a knowing that a difference can be made for all students. This article discusses the importance of reaching out, making contact, and building staff-student relationships throughout schools, even with students not in classrooms. Education is, after all, a fundamentally human endeavor.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas