Last week, we made a big deal over four superb teachers. We rounded up reporters, mayors, school leaders, family members and many more to surprise them in their classrooms. I had the great honor of presenting the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice to one of those great teachers, Stephanie Sun.
I wonder how many children we write off as "slow" when all it would take is a figurative radioactive spider bite to show what they are really capable of. I also wonder how many high-ability children fall between the cracks because of messages they receive from teachers that indicate that high ability is all they need.