Wednesday Wisdom | Drawing Out Their Voices

by Melissa on March 17, 2010

The single best curriculum innovation we could have to help all students, would be to stop the “putting in” of curriculum in the early years and draw students’ voices out, listen to their voices, make their voices literate . . .

— Mary Poplin, former Dean of the School of Education, Claremont Grad School

Melissa is the founder of Tandem Teaching and teaches in the inner-city. She blogs weekly about tips parents can implement to enhance their connection with their children and ways to bring out their children’s inherent gifts. Contact her for a private consulting session.


Pearl Mattenson March 17, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Claremont is one progressive place! Can we say “early years” is all the way until 6th grade?
My pet peeve is teachers who need to “cover” the curriculum. They cover over kids and kids learning in the process…

Jim March 18, 2010 at 12:18 am

I agree. I think listening to the students enables the teacher to pin point what areas they’re weak in/strong in, cutting out a lot of wasted time.

Melissa March 18, 2010 at 2:44 am

Mine too! Those types drive me bonkers. But what’s even more frustrating and sad is the fact that there’s a huge number of amazing teachers that are being forced to teach that way, because of the current educational climate. I’m really hoping that there are some major shifts in these policies soon, so that all of the talented people in our profession can teach in a way that serves our kids best.

Heather March 18, 2010 at 7:26 am

This is a great quote. We want to be in a classroom with a teacher likes this next year. A teacher who is not afraid to listen to her students.

Melissa March 22, 2010 at 12:52 am

We really hope you get it, Heather!!!