Super Teacher's Job is Never Done!

Super Teacher's Job is Never Done!
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Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions. ~ Author Unknown

My goal is to reveal one teacher's humble journey of self-reflection, critical analysis, and endless questioning about my craft of teaching and learning alongside my middle school students.

"The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called 'truth'." ~ Dan Rather

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Motivating Students Prior to Testing

Well, our school is smack in the middle of MSA Sprint Spirit Week. 

That's right. With less than a week before the start of the Maryland State Assessment, we are dressing in spirit every day, preparing our kids in any way we can, and hoping that all the hard work we have done this year in the classroom pays off. It really is a sprint to the finish.

While I certainly have enjoyed having a legitimate excuse to wear a sports jersey, pajamas, mismatched clothing, blue and green, and red 8th grade pride this week, I am even more enthusiastic and hopeful that my students will rise to the occasion next week and truly show what they know -- and have learned this year -- on the test. 

Every day, we have been engaging our advisory classes in a variety of MSA preparation activities. If you are looking for innovative ways to motivate and inspire your own students before the BIG state testing days, check out these fun links as additional motivation:

Video clip about academic identity and Myron Rolle (Rhode’s Scholar and NFL player)
MSA songs:

Happy testing!

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