Georgia Performance Standards often an odd time for students

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It can be a scary experience to know that the inner workings of a local high school are being watched by unfamiliar eyes.

Greenbrier High School students were exposed to the Georgia Performance Standards team arriving at their school last week to see how well the school does in teaching standards.

Some students at the school did not completely understand why items such as standards and the school mission statement were posted on the wall. Senior Ivey Mischel had a strong idea of what the GPS evaluation was and how important it was for the school.

"It is a statewide school observation team that evaluated the standards of high schools."

Many students, such as Caitlyn Benedetto, said that this experience was much more of a show for the visitors rather than a correct depiction of the average day at Greenbrier.

"The school definitely acted different for the two days. It was like we were role playing or something. We were also told to memorize things."

Junior Aaryon Steinburg said classes were different.

"I feel that most of the teachers, if not all, changes the way they taught their classes for a few days."

The visit was not a show but instead a way of better vocalizing and displaying what students are learning, Ivey Mischel said, and the preliminary results showed the school was overwhelmingly well prepared.

Teen Board Member Krystal White is a senior at Greenbrier High School

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MomInRC 01/20/10 - 10:16 am
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"The school definitely acted

"The school definitely acted different for the two days. It was like we were role playing or something. We were also told to memorize things." "I feel that most of the teachers, if not all, changes the way they taught their classes for a few days." Out of the mouths of babes...very telling. Obviously, you'd tell your students to be on good behavior, but to have them memorize or to teach in a different manner than normal is over the top. I've heard so often this school is wonderful, so why would they need to put on a show?

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avidreader 01/23/10 - 07:19 am
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Here's a little trick to

Here's a little trick to running a well established Standards Based Classroom. Choose three things from the list of ten thousand (a little hyperbole, but seems like it) and practice, practice, practice. Then move on to three more, and so on and so on. Post your standards in "student-friendly" language. Have one of the students introduce the Essential Question for the day. If a teacher follows a routine, the students never have to put on a show for visitors. I hated all this crap when it first came to light. Now, I'm in the groove and content. Some of GPS is pretty good stuff; however, . . .

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