In her book Who’s Engaged? Dr. Janet Pilcher writes, here is what we know. Students emotionally experience assessments (p. 35). What does this mean for teachers and parents? We are responsible for knowing where, when and how these emotions occur.
The question Janet asked herself at the end of each day, “How well did my students learn, rather than how well did I teach?” followed her through completion of her dissertation and through her professional career as a university professor and administrator, co-creator of TeacherReady, and now as managing director and executive leader of Studer Education. As it relates to these assessments, Dr. Pilcher encourages school district leaders and teachers to:
Look at what’s most important… and how do you define that success that relates to students…
As teachers and parents, our goal is to place students in winning situations where they are eager to learn, take on challenges, and own their learning. It’s a return to Pilcher’s original end-of-day question: We shouldn’t judge our effectiveness as educators by how much we teach, what we teach, and how we teach. Rather, we make a positive judgement if we’ve approached students every day knowing that our success depends on how well students learn, especially students who struggle the most.
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