Pockets of Excellence
What does it take to have a standards based classroom? It’s hard to tell. I’ve been out of the classroom for the last four years. This last few months I have started teaching on Saturday mornings at SDSCSS (Super Dooper Super Cool Saturday School). I’ve only been there as a sub in this last cycle. Academic Excellence has to do with expectations. I’ve experienced both sides of the spectrum. A classroom with highly motivated students and appropriate use of the learning standards. The Instruction is at very rigorous level. At the other extreme, I’ve spent mornings in a classroom where students are not motivated. The curriculum is dummied down and there is little if any benefit to our shared space. I have also had the opportunity to partner with a 4th grade teacher at our school. We teamed up and I taught math. I spent time reviewing the assessment results and spent six weeks retaching focus standards. I can only hope that this effort had an impact on these students. They are taking the Math on the state tests next week. As I return to the classroom, I return with a more global view on education. Having observed best practices throughout my school, having been part of the leadership our school, having participated on district professional development are tools I plan on taking back to the classroom. Excellence in teaching involves… well I think I better comment later this fall from my classroom!