This week really made my head spin So many great ideas but how to implement them will be quite the challenge. I wish I had been able to attend Twitter this week, but unfortunately I had no Internet or data at Chena hot springs. I was able to go back and read through the conversation, but there are just so many unanswered questions. How do we help students feel successful when the educational system around them does not fit their needs? I am graded on student achievement and putting in approximately 2 grades a week. How do I fit this into the needs of my students? I’m not sure I found an answer this week. I do know that some of the things I have been doing in my classes may not be the best for my students. I did not realize how harmful some things could be. After reading I really want to do away with formal tests for summative assessment, but then I know I am not preparing my students for a state standardized test. Tests are encouraged by the district and the state. I don't want my students to feel unsuccessful when they get test scores back, but I also don't want to waste time prepping students for a test that has little meaning to them or me as the teacher.
Amy talked a lot about standardized tests that are done on computers. She made a great point about how these tests only tell us if a student has been taught how to take the test. There is such a push for differentiation and meeting students where they are at yet our evaluation is based on students all doing the same thing. This makes no sense. Teachers are wasting precious classroom time teaching students to take a test that really has no value to a student. Hopefully with NCLB going away and ESSA coming back into play we will see some changes for the better.
Amy and Sarah both posted similar comments to my blog. They resonated with exactly what has been going through my head this week. How do I reach my students in a way that is beneficial to them while also following what is required by my district? I need summer to get here sooner so that I can do some revising of my current teaching practices.