I think math teachers and foreign language teachers have the hardest time with PBL, often not because they oppose it so much as because projects seem to interrupt the continuous skill-building that they see as their primary goal for students. Remember this: "The lessons will continue to taught, until they are learned.". “Good” trumped “fast.” Costs in administrative and teacher time, professional development,and instructional materials surely added up and the dollar cost would appear large until those costs are amortized over a decade and the number of students served. Now consider teachers who want to begin project-based learning (PBL) in their classrooms. ( Log Out /  Differences among academic subjects do matter when it comes to pedagogy. Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice, The Dilemma of Fast, Cheap, and Good: You Can Only Pick Two. Classes using new pedagogies, schools putting instructional innovations into practice, and total district changes have to deal with iron-clad constraints–“fast,” “cheap,” and “good”. TAG in Denver or Nick’s in Portland; M.L. And it takes time. Choices have to be made because no one can have it all. Change ). It won’t be cheap. Since the late-1970s, through shifts in school board governance–Arlington went from appointed to elected board members–and long-serving superintendents, the district has established and maintained a reputation for academic excellence (however measured) as it has changed gradually from a majority-white to majority-minority district. We are sound for picture - the subreddit for post sound in Games, TV / Television , Film, Broadcast, and … You Can Only Pick Two. In my experience, if you try to short-cut the coordination and input process, it will derail you in the end. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. You can't ordinarily get all three done at the same time, you only get two. Thanks for comment. Between 1974 and 2015, for example, the district has had only five superintendents. It will be sustained by the fee you charge (if any) and the budget you provide. Constraints that won’t go away require choices. Using pilot programs to introduce innovations slowly and evaluating outcomes, the district has approached implementation of new ideas and practices incrementally in order to offer quality programs to students. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. They chose “good”  over “fast.” They invested their time incrementally to learn how best to pull off project-based learning. I started computer programming when I was 12 years old in 1985 with Commodore Basic and Assembly. The budget is time and money. Keeping kids productive and learning, even if they aren’t achieving the goals reformers want, counts. Most of the hiring managers I have worked with hope for someone who promises the Fastest Sourcing, the Best Candidates, at the Lowest Cost. For readers of this post, the most common they face is the tension between personal and professional values—spend time with family and friends vs. spend time at work. To the greatest degree possible, don’t decide on fees, budget, or anything else until you know the category of your aspirations. Rose in Nashville or Blockhouse in Greenville, S.C. Cheap and Good = Freddy’s, Five Guys, Smashburger. We do count “fast”–that is, if you look at educational achievement outcomes, it’s clear people are evaluating by time. The document, plan, procedure might not change one bit during via the coordination work, but you need to take the time. Fast and Cheap = McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Carl’s/Hardees. I was looking at the triangle with regards to overall achievement, not implementation of one strategy. Decide the category first (they’re all perfectly viable) and fix the resources to it. Look at a largely minority district with nearly 25,000 students that has, over thirty five years–yes, for more than three decades–sustained academic improvement, reduced the achievement gap between minorities and whites, and introduced many organizational, governance, curricular, and instructional changes slowly, carefully, and incrementally in those years. Compromises and tradeoffs are inevitable. The Superintendent and school board thought they could get “good” by doing it “fast” and “cheap.” They failed miserably. I’d bet good money that you’d be able to identify which two traits they embody masterfully. Good, Fast, Cheap: You Can Only Pick Two! The rollout of the Trump executive order is a good lesson for emergency managers. For entrepreneurs, start-up innovators, policymakers, principals, and teachers who initiate projects there is a another dilemma that won’t go away. Many people have heard me say this ad nauseam but it’s probably one of the most important rules you can consider when developing something. TAG in Denver or Nick’s in Portland; M.L. Fast, Cheap, or Good. Students spent 90 to 135 minutes weekly in Spanish beginning in kindergarten and then eventually instruction extended into the upper grades. The current superintendent has been in the post since 2009 and was recently selected as Virginia superintendent for 2014. At each step of the way, district officials communicated with parents, listened to their concerns and those of teachers, and made changes as the program was rolled out.

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