Many times when we talk about proficiency, we say that the highest form of a student mastery of a given task is their ability to teach it to someone else.
Doesn't this seem a little arrogant that we think our chosen profession is the highest form of accomplishment?
When we talk about student mastery of learning, we have to have a more nuanced approach.
Let's take driving for example. Educators typically say that if you get everything right, you have mastered and should be able to teach it to someone. Just because a 16 year-old gets a perfect score on the written and driving tests doesn't mean that I want that 16 year-old teaching my child (or anyone else's child to drive.
That's why I love this rubric:
This is from Anastasis Academy. There truly are skills where being a novice is just fine. For example, I am a novice at a lot of things. And I probably always will be. I'm ok with that.
I am a change Maker in other areas, where I am really passionate.
We need to focus on making our teachers and students aware of the expectations and needs of different levels of learning as they grow.
We need to determine what knowledge is worth pushing to change maker status and what knowledge is acceptable at the novice level.
In education, we pretend that everyone should succeed at the same level in everything, and we even make goals and work towards that. We need more honesty about what truly matters.