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And just like that it is April!  Just like any year, this year has been filled with ups and downs.  We have learned along with our students.  We have celebrated and we have cried.  Now it feels like the moment of truth is upon us as MAP testing has arrived, but is it really a moment of truth?  As a teacher, we know what Susie Sunshine knows and doesn't know.  We are experts at collecting data and using it.  Yes, this test is necessary for those outside the classroom to take a peek inside, but as a teacher we know where Susie has really grown.  As we were talking this week about a student that may not yet show proficient on the MAP test, but we know that he can spell more than double the number of sounds that he knew at the beginning of the year.  Another student that may not yet be proficient on MAP no longer has behavior problems, even though when he moved into our building earlier this year the previous school called to "prepare" us.  Another student spends more time with her head up because she is feeling like she can.  As a teacher, MAP testing is a fact of life, but let's not put too much stock in it or stress ourselves (an more importantly our students) more than necessary.  Let's think of this as a time to celebrate and show what we do know.  We've got this! 

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As June begins, it is time to refresh and relax.  It is time to enjoy our family and friends.  We have spent the past ten months pouring our hearts and minds to the students in our charge.  Throughout the year, I know my house has been neglected.  My family has forgotten what my cooking tastes like and I may have to look up friends phone numbers again.  But it won't be long until I start missing the little guy waving at me every time he passes my room...the hugs at morning bus duty.  Maybe not at the first sign of missing school, but within the first couple of weeks I will begin reflecting on what I can do better next year.  How can I improve myself at school. What about you?  Have you begun the stretch of refreshing and relaxing?  Are you enjoying time with family and friends?  Have you begun to recharge your personal life?  After you have taken a break for yourself, begin the healthy process of reflection.  Begin to challenge yourself professionally.  How can you make next year even better and share that with someone.  Enjoy your time of rejuvenation both personally and professionally.
Posted by thelmig  On Jun 01, 2017 at 2:35 PM 1 Comment
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