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Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jan 21 2012

Remember that standardized test I was terrified of…

My kids didn’t totally fail…..

They didn’t meet the overall goal (though many students met their individual targets) but were only a few points shy. Their rate of growth competitively to the other math classes is impressive though. I’m very proud of the growth they made, but its pretty similar to the state as a whole. Though I’m definitely smiling after this testing, we’ve got a lot to do before we take the final test in May.

Data isn’t everything. There’s a lot of things that make me a good or bad teacher that data can’t really look at. I know that, but in the same way having some data on your side is nice. I don’t do everything perfectly according to the way our curriculum and district would like me to. For the past few months, I’ve just tried to stay quiet about it and hoped that no one noticed while I questioned myself and my decisions constantly hoping what I was doing was right. But now finally, I have something to justify my decisions by. I feel a little bit better prepared to defend myself for the point in time that is likely to come where someone questions what I’ve been doing. That’s one of the most relieving parts about having this data.

Also, yes Delaware did in fact get some snow this weekend. It was only about an inch overnight and then turned to sleet in the morning. Still it’s kind of white here, and I’m enjoying it completely! Monday the high is predicted to be 52 degrees with an 80% chance of rain. Ugh.

2 Responses

  1. Shirah Penn

    This is the first time I was aware of this blog. I taught little kids for 42 years. I am so glad there is a place for teachers to share and let others know of the wonderful things they do. I would love to share how it was when I first started teaching in 1960. It was so different.Love,Gramma Shirah

  2. Lauren

    Congrats! And kudos to you for bringing your own teaching methods in the classroom. I think one of the biggest problems is that we are constantly required to “differentiate” our instruction because we know that students learn differently…the problem is that nobody considers the fact that teachers are different too, and different styles can be a good thing! One teacher’s delivery method doesn’t work for all teachers, and one teacher’s methods can totally fail in another classroom. Part of being a great teacher is trying to figure out what works best for you, in your unique classroom.

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