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    In my sixth year of teaching, I still don't know the answers to your questions. I've also recently found a bunch of good education blogs, but there are some popular ones that are totally against constructivism. I fall in the middle, but with a heavy leaning toward constructivism. I, too, come away from my courses feeling energized and motivated only to come back to reality. It's not easy to find the balance. The hardest part for me is taking the risk of trying a new unit or approach only to have it backfire at test time. And don't even get me started about testing and its use as the only measure of a good school. Yikes!


    Repeal NCLB? My school district is considered one of the best in the state and I am horrified by how much class time is spent on test preparation. Since everyone is preparing for the same test, I think it takes away the ability of the teachers to provide challenges to the more advanced kids while providing a nurturing experience for the kids that are struggling. It's really a shame.

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