Each week on Saturday
bloggers celebrate at Ruth Ayres Writes.
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As we enter the season of testing, finding celebrations becomes more of a challenge. Our focus shifts, our stress levels rise...
I was talking with a colleague yesterday and she was getting lost in the numbers...the data...and feeling like a failure...losing perspective. I asked her to come up with a list of reasons why she's a great teacher! She started to decorate her writing notebook with those words and I saw some sparkle return to her eyes. I made my own list. Numbers and data are not sitting in front of us every morning...our students are. We need to remember our students and their progress and their achievements and them as people before we fall down the rabbit hole of testing. Here are a few of my reasons why I celebrate myself as a teacher...
1. My most reluctant writer in September, now walks around school with a notebook to find poems. She asks to write instead of read some days...and this is the student that is ALWAYS reading.
2. A struggling reader is working hard to finish a book that's a challenge for her. Everyday she comes in and we chat about where she is in the book. She never thought she could finish a book like this and now she's almost done. Seeing the pride in her eyes makes me smile!
3. While writing persuasive essays (about which dog I should adopt) three students discovered the dogs they had picked had already been adopted. I told them that it was fine and they could submit that essay. Two of those three started again!
My students have made these accomplishments, not me...but I've provided an environment where they feel challenged and supported and they trust me. When testing occurs, I remember that my students are readers and writers. I remember that each of them has made gains and grown as a person.
I choose to remember that instead of numbers.