Thanks Roadyy. Teachers here have a fair amount of flexibility in how they present and test concepts, but we do have some standardized tests. I agree, teaching should be about developing problem solving skills and not answering questions that can be scored by a machine. It should also be about helping kids find their strengths, and their passion while also developing their skills. As a science teacher, I have more opportunities to show and do the really cool stuff.
I'm thinking I will need to get a gecko or some other cool critter for my classroom.