Testing 101: The Student's Role [Previous slice.]
Testing 201: The Teacher's Role
Standing scanning the room for potential confusions or questions
Pacing in between rows of desks without trying to knock over papers
Observing how students work independently in a world where we teach them to converse and collaborate
Smiling for reassurance letting students know "You can do it!"
Providing me time to think, ponder, question, wonder, accept, and want to change.
We all want what is best for our students -- that is why we are here every day.
Each and every day. Healthy or not. Rain or shine. Happy or not.
I want to make a difference. I want to BE the difference. I want to show my students -- my kids that I care. I want them to know I am here for them. Always.
I look at the faces -- children's faces -- who come to school every day
knowing we are going to provide them stability and structure and the known.
They come with baggage that they are forced to carry. A burden not their own.
Yet, they come ready to learn. Or ready to talk. Or ready to show us that they need us. They come ready, we just have to figure out what they are ready for.
I understand testing. We need to know what students can do independently.
One test? One day? One snapshot in the year? But isn't there a better way?
Conferring, talking, observing, noticing, prompting, encouraging, guiding.
We all work better as a team with one goal. How can we do this assessment better?