Staying Positive through High-Stakes Testing
- Author: Kellie, Graduate Student
- State: NY
- Test: All Tests
- Date: November 29 at 2:23 pm ET
Making light of tough situations throughout life is crucial, especially as a teacher. Life is ever-changing, and there are upward and downward spirals. This is the same for teaching. The curriculum changes, the tests change, and your students change. Sometimes we need to focus on what is the most important: our students. If teachers can not remain positive during times of change, how are students supposed to?
In his book Testing is Not Teaching, What Should Count in Education, Donald Graves stated six qualities of today’s learner: curiosity, initiative, sensitivity, self-regulation, expressiveness, and the ability to pose the right problem. Unfortunately, New York State can not judge these qualities from a standardized test. I am sure that most people are aware of the obvious solutions. Putting more trust into our teachers, or at least giving them more input about the curriculum, is a start. These are agreeable proposals that need to be considered.
What should teachers do during this time of confusion? They should be cheerleaders for their students. Our students need us to believe in them in order for them to believe in themselves.