One thing close to my heart is the testing children are exposed to in school. I call it exposed to, because I sincerely believe that it can be detrimental for their self-esteem, and not to mention their motivation for learning. While being at home and counting the days to my due date (39!), I try to read up on assessment, resilience and motivation. In the back of my mind there’s this Master’s degree that I’m working on, and I really hope to finish it (one day). It’s about testing in schools, and what consequences the current practice may have for the students. It’s a very interesting thesis, and I hope to share more with you as I slowly work along on it!
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I pieced this image together with a quote from Albert Einstein. I found it so suitable for this topic! Many of the most important things we as teachers are supposed to teach children can’t be measured! How can you measure a student mastering a social setting that would have been impossible a year ago? Or the other student that struggled for years to make friends, finally made several? That the lessons that were filled with dread and stomach aches, now are so much better? How can we measure the development of empathy? Caring for others? Including others?
Are we not supposed to pay that part any attention? Is really all that matters how fast you can read, how many math problems you can do, or which school has the best test scores?
Are we losing track of developing the person as a whole?