Lots of thoughts from the last week;
I was talking to several HS students about challenges that they face on a daily basis. Near the top was the number of tests or assessments they have on the same day. Several of them shared that it is not unusual to have three or four tests on most Fridays. Teachers, try asking your students about the amount of tests they are having and adjust your schedule. The goal should be learning and achievement for the student not you pacing guide or timetable. Administrators, consider beginning a dialogue with your staffs about designating suggested test days per departments. Lets get to work on reducing stress on students and improving achievement. Lets work at being intentional on helping students find balance as they prepare for assessments.
On another note, please communicate with your new teachers . Check in with them about their concerns. Listen more than talk, support more than criticize, offer options and ideas. Don’t assume that if you are not hearing anything that all things are going well.
During this past week Steve Jobs passed away. There has been many tributes and I happen to think the man was a genius. Whatever you think, he did help affect change in the world of learning. Hopefully , we all can do the same in our corner of the world.
Have a great week and keep making a positive difference in the lives of kids.