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Parents have a different view of what counts as “learning”

Ellen was working hard with grade-level colleagues and her mentor to understand the school’s hands-on science curriculum and offer well-organized science tasks. Just as she felt like she was making progress in helping her 3rd graders understand the daily routines for science, she received a voice mail message from a parent expressing concern about her science teaching. Before she called the parent back, she decided to call her mentor: “Hi Mark, have I got an issue for us to explore! Can you believe that even after I held the Science Curriculum Orientation last month, I got a phone call from Jimmy’s dad asking why Jimmy is ‘playing’ in science and ‘not learning important information’?  What am I supposed to do now?”

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