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by Joe Truss
Principal, Visitacion Valley Middle School, San Francisco

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December 10, 2018
Burn Those Individual Student Desks, Now!

by Joe Truss
Principal, Visitacion Valley Middle School, San Francisco

Superintendents are pressured to improve test scores and reform schools, which usually sparks discussion of teaching practice and hyper-testing. These changes are often met with extreme resistance, shallow compliance, and overly simplified new strategies.

This doesn’t work.

What if I told you that there was a way to change instructional practice without talking much about instruction? What if I told you there was a way to get folks to discover the change needed for themselves? (Cue the Inception bass soundtrack.) It all could start with getting rid of those insidious individual desks.

Round them up. Build a pile. Add gasoline, a match, and watch them burn.

Or build a huge pile, and call it a monument...

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