Not often do I go off the beaten path on my blog, often I write my ideas and then I ponder....occasionally I push the "post" button and wait to see if there is any feedback in the comments or on twitter. Prior to vacation, the push was on...from everyone and everywhere, now after seeing the majestic views and reflecting on strong teaching I am right where I need to be and so are my students.
|Here is my photo that I took and I personally like it better than my Google pic.|
I am three weeks away from our state testing (reading, math and science) I am not feeling the pressure, and I am not going to put packet upon packet in front of my students to prepare them for the test. I am going to continue to conference with my students about their JR books, continue investigating Literary Non-fiction as a review for genre studies, and they're going to continue to write in their notebooks especially celebrating National Poetry Month.
Where my students are as learners is where they are. I will continue to model for my students how to think and write around the text while working towards the goal of a higher level of understanding. My students will be ready for the state tests. And ask anyone who knows me I constantly say, "Until I know something better or a different way to instruct, I will continue to the best I can do." After teaching 23 years, that best is pretty good.