Wow! Our month of Saturday Sayings is almost over....this is our last installment. I hope that you have enjoyed this partnership with Tammy from Forever in 1st, Julie from Lighting a Fire in Third, and Sandi from Literacy Minute as much as I have. Please be sure to go read their reflective posts today after reading mine. :) And, I have a surprise announcement at the end of my post today!
We just finished up a long season of testing at our school this week. The talk in the halls and workroom from teachers is that they are stressed out and the kids are stressed out. Everyone is feeling the pressure put upon them by the all important "test". Anyone else feeling that way in your school? Our school takes the MAP for grades 3-5 and Standford for grades 1-2. The pressure seems to be tremendous on both students and teachers. I know administrators feel it too. They are always looking for ways to raise those scores. But for me, the answer is not in a program. Anyone who knows me as a teacher knows that I am not a fan of programs. Too much of a one size fits all to fit me and my students. What I am a fan of is good, solid teaching methods with real and authentic reading and writing. I like being able to adjust to my students needs at that moment that they need it. This does take a lot of reading of professional books to find out what works, learning from professional and mentor teachers, and a lot of reflecting of myself on what I am doing and how to improve it for the next time. I do have to take a lot of time for planning and analyzing of my students too. But this is something that I truly believe in and what works for me. What is working for you in your school? I would love to hear about it!
And now for my announcement... I am so excited to share this news with you! Tammy was awarded Teacher of the Year at her school!!! They made the right choice when they chose her for this honor. Now that you have read my post (and hopefully left me a comment), go on over and congratulate her for all her hard work!!