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dc.contributor Schulte, Ann K.
dc.contributor.advisor Kotar, Michael E.
dc.contributor.author Shively, William F.
dc.contributor.other Rich, William
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-22T17:21:54Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-22T17:21:54Z
dc.date.issued 2018-02-22
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/200282
dc.description.abstract I came into education in a time when accountability systems went from minimal standardized testing, to a culture dominated by standardized testing and the sanctions of Program Improvement. My first “standards,” literally, were a hand-written list of topics to cover in math provided by a veteran math teacher, taped to the inside cover of my teacher’s edition math book. As test scores grew in importance, being the good employee, trusting that leadership does the right things for the right reasons, I put all my energy into improving student learning to raise test scores. Asked to “think outside the box,” in the name of raising test scores, I started a program to take academically challenged students canoeing and camping, drawing on my experience from other youth oriented programs. At some point a teacher’s sense of right and wrong becomes conflicted, recognizing that as educators we are not doing what is morally right for each individual student in the culture of testing. This happens when what one witnesses firsthand with his students and reads in the literature, is not consistent with the educational decisions made at the local level in the name of improving student learning. As I took students canoe camping “to make students better at math,” I began to wonder why my students actually did do better in math as a result of an outdoor adventure. On a canoe campout, in that place where all humans evolved, a teacher student relationship takes seed and is the natural foundation for all learning, and optimal child development. The richness of a human relationship replaces a test score and the teacher’s moral code is restored. This project is the writing of a book that describes the transformation in a teacher, as he connected the dots of biophelia and PLAY emotions as the neural bases for attachment and the teacher-student relationship. Attention paid to these emotions promotes optimal development and growth of executive function in each child. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship CSU, Chico en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Standardized testing en_US
dc.subject Educational innovation en_US
dc.subject Teacher-student relationships en_US
dc.title The kid in the canoe: finding attachment in a test-taking world en_US
dc.college Communication and Education en_US
dc.program Education en_US
dc.degree MA en_US
dc.degree.option Educational Leadership and Administration en_US

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