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.