It was a simple comment.
It brought me to a complete stop.
“We practice to build proficiency.”
Is that the goal?
If we build or meet proficiency, what does that mean?
In education, there seem to be points in time when proficiency has become a form of a new longer, four-letter word. It causes a pain in my stomach. It brings up visions of charts where students are color coded green, yellow or red that result in assignments to specific interventions.
Proficiency, in education, now often implies an ability to meet an arbitrary cut point.
A “Yes”, I made it or a “No”, not yet?
Three times and that’s good?
What does proficiency look like in football?
These descriptors come to mind:
Beginning with the end in mind
EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
Why do readers need to read (practice) every day?
Why do writers need to write (practice) every day?
To meet external goals?
To meet personal goals?
Is there a sense of urgency?
Is there a sense of joy?
A feeling of accomplishment?
Has it become drudgery?
What is the real goal?
Do readers and writers EVER stop practicing? Should they?
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