Wednesday, 16 May 2012

When the Going Gets Tough...

National School tests

Testing season is here for my students. Now is crunch time for them. As their teacher,  am feeling the pressure to drill, drill, drill. This is not my style. I swore to myself at the start of the school year that I will teach at a rate (and with a style) that is suitable for my students. It is hard to strike a balance between 'finishing the syllabus' and teaching conceptually. I think that generally, it gets better for me each year, because I learn how to merge certain topics, sequence my activities, and group the students in ways to improve the weaker ones. 

I do not have the power to say 'NO' to all of this National testing. My poor students are stressing about it. But at least, it is not as stressful as before. I know that I am still here to teach and not to teach for a test, I am teaching for the children. Maybe, one day, an alternative method of performance data collection will come along that will be less intrusive...

2 comments:

teaching3rd said...

To heck with the test!!! It is just a window in time.

Carolyn Wilhelm said...

I feel badly for teachers and parents with all the pressure and hope for more understanding days ahead. You can't test in quality! Carolyn

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