Friday, March 23, 2012

Every Lesson Matters

Teaching is not an exact science, but every lesson matters.  Today as my students and I review standards for next week's reading tests, I am reminded of that.  Probably similar to athletic endeavors, it's the daily training that makes a difference.

Setting apt goals, choreographing lessons, and prepping for the big day are all important aspects of learning particularly in this test-age we're a part of.

If you read my posts, you know I'm a fan of streamlined testing used to inform optimal instruction.  I believe that tests play one role in schools.

Hence, today as I notice students' knowledge with regard to the many, many standards we've reviewed, I'm reminded that I want to make sure that my lessons reflect these standards throughout the year in thoughtful, child-friendly, relevant and meaningful ways to build understanding and skill.

Every lesson matters.