Life would be easier if I chose a profession that gave me answers, rather than endless questions. Life would be easier if my work friends didn't have to ask my permission to go to the bathroom. But for some inexplicable reason, every fiber of my being is called to be in this classroom with these kids.
This Thursday, April 22, will be the fourth Thursday of the month, which means it's Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (a.k.a. TODAS). Kids will be trooping through workplaces around the country, sometimes hanging out with a parent, but more often enjoying a busy agenda of carefully planned, hands-on activities.
Every teacher and school leader needs the training, the tools, the time, and the trust to be able to use data to help students--and to help their parents better support their students learning. I have been fortunate to be part of a school that values and uses information. Doesn't every parent deserve that opportunity? I think so.
Despite my efforts in making sure that students were updated about their grades, many times they really didn't see a connection in their mastery of the work and their final grades. Eventually after reviewing all of the student records and in all of that data (attendance, test scores, etc.) I realized the real issue. Most of my students were in high school due to social promotion.