Perhaps you’ve seen or heard it recently yourself, but a valid discussion was circling around our campus today about a child’s answers to questions posed by a teacher. Here are some examples; you decide how best to grade these answers:
- Where was the Declaration of Independence signed? *At the bottom of the page
- In which battle did General Custer die? *His last battle
- The Mississippi River flows into which state? *Liquid state
- What looks like half an apple? *The other half
- How do you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it? *Concrete floors are hard to crack.
I think you get the idea, so, how would you grade it? In teaching, we have to remember that we have literal learners working in a figurative setting at times. This is especially true during state assessment time. Personally, I think this learner is brilliant–a real thinker outside the traditional box of knowledge in fact!
Speaking of brilliant, out-of-the-box learners, we will begin our quest to identify gifted and talented learners in MISD in the coming months. If you wish to nominate a child, please contact our school counselor, Mrs. Christa Stanley, at 972-775-4497 to have a form sent to you. In the meantime, here’s hoping you treasure those little literal moments with your learner each day; I know we do!