Special Populations Collaborative
Teaching and School Statistics

Teaching and school statistics have a lot to do with each other. Statistics in any discipline can tell teachers and parents a lot of information. For instance we can measure how many students have completed a required course and the percentage of these students that have passed the course. This information is extremely useful for the students and their parents. Schools can use this information to prepare their curriculum for students. Teaching and schooling statistics can have a direct impact on the lives of the students and their learning. Unfortunately there is controversy regarding using certain statistics in the classroom. The debate involves using them to make sure that students are learning the material. There is a difference between teaching and learning. Statistics tell us that not all students learn the same way. We must adapt our style of teaching to recognize the differences in styles and then teach based on the principals of learning. When we adapt our teaching to the principles of learning, we maximize the learning of all students. Our students must know how to learn. Unfortunately, when we teach to the test, we may Kill the creativity of our students. We may sacrifice the key principle of learning and retain incomplete information in incomplete information. This may result in our students giving less attention to the lesson and getting bored. Furthermore, in many instances, teachers perceive the world of learning as a competitive place. The best way to win the battle is to be a good teacher. Unfortunately, the world of teaching is a demanding place. There are plenty of things that our students must learn. In order to be a great teacher, you must understand how to adapt your style to suit the world of learning. Just as there are things that we must teach our students, there are things that we must learn. The purpose of attending school is to learn the basics of reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. These subjects will give us the knowledge and skills we need to survive and continue to thrive in our world. We need to be knowledgeable about them in order to be ready for our students, and to win with them. Sadly, the world of education is influenced by the world of marketing. Many of our students have never been taught the fundamentals of marketing, how to run a campaign, or even how to find the best product or service. Even further, many of our teachers report that they are NOT well trained to outsource. We are training teachers, not specialists. There is a saying that is rhyming, “You give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. You teach a man how to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime.” There is another saying that should be rhyming, “You teach a man to fish and he’ll fish himself bananas.” For many of us, we were never taught that there are multiple solutions to a problem. The solution tree is a place to learn, not a destination to reach. There is a deeper level of learning and understanding that comes from dealing with problems in the world. We have not been taught that there is a “right” answer to every problem. Even Adolf Hitler was educated correctly! Goring was not. Solution: A.K.A. (“He instructs the nation.”), was a criminal mastermind who molded Germany into a feared military power. Goring was extremely bright, a zoologist by training, and he took over Germany with skill and confidence. He understood that the beginning always comes from the middle. The true words, “I will what the people will” Goring taught the people of Germany. Not only did he create Germany, but he taught them to contain and eventually to erase the millions of casualties and political enemies that died in World War II.