Quick Tip: Testing Pressure
I wish that others would realize that we sooo much want our students to be successful. I mean let’s face it even if someone didn’t care about students’ success they still would want top test scores so they could look good. Others feel that turning up the heat will help to make us more effective when the challenge is more too much to teach in too little time. Testing pressure can be all consuming but the truth is…it will do you no good. Set realistic goals, give as much individualized attention as possible, and always pay attention to the data. But getting frantic and internalizing stress has no benefit. It will only work against you. In addition students do not need their teachers to subject them to test anxiety. They need to take their learning and performance seriously, but they are just kids. They need to find some joy in learning and that particular year in their life. Their childhoods are short and they deserve to learn in an environment that is conducive to learning. They will learn more and perform better without the added anxiety. Even as your colleagues and administration might get frantic, don’t internalize it. The pressure is on. But…Essentially no one can get you upset except yourself. Keep your composure and stay strong.
“What We Believe”
We are a group of teachers who believe that teaching is a noble profession.
Our primary focus is on our students, their learning, our personal reflection and the refinement of our skills.
We recognize every child’s ability to make extraordinary learning gains and advocate for their right to a high quality education, regardless of their gender, race, family culture, or socioeconomic status.
We will teach each child in a positive and constructive learning environment, and recognize that developing their character is the precursor to a balanced learning community and academic achievement.
We recognize our potential to impact and transform our students’ lives when our heart is in the right place and our strategies and instruction are succinct.
We think positively, focus on finding solutions, and complete tasks without drama.
We believe in working smarter by thinking smarter, sharing resources, ideas and a collective higher vision for what is possible for our students.
We recognize that teachers, students, parents, administration, and community members are all a part of the collective solution to each child’s success. Therefore we remain modest and cooperative through collaboration.
We will work to recognize our team players with gratitude and foster a climate of cooperation, productive problem solving, and proactive planning for success.
Whereas we love recognition, we realize that is not our purpose for teaching. We are here for the kids and not the accolades. Recognition is found in our students’ accomplishments.
We strive to find balance between our school and home lives. We recognize that finding this balance will allow us to stay in our positions where we can continue to make a positive impact.
We share a positive vision and strategies that transform our students’ lives, and in turn, our lives as empowered educators.