F….. the data. As the doors open to schools across the country, f….. the data.
F(ORGET) the data, for a moment. There is a time and a place for all the required pre/post, exit slips, formal and informal checks for understanding, computer based standardized assessments. Today is not that day. James Comer said, “No significant learning can occur without a significant #relationship.”
Kids need to know you #care. Not I care because my job says I should, but because you are #authentically, #whole hearted in. In 20 years, kids won’t remember or care about the grades they got. They will remember how you made them feel. F(ORGET) the data.
I led a #circle with staff today and we talked about which teacher had the most impact on them. As the staff went around there themes that emerged. The teachers who had the greatest impact weren’t the ones that helped them pass a test, but they were the ones that #listened, who cared, who supported the staff. This is what they resonated and remembered.
Maybe that’s what’s missing. As an educator for over 20 years, I have fallen into the trap about chasing cut scores, and proficiency marks. Where I was able to have the greatest impact is when I F(ORGET) the data and tuned into what the student truly needed. In the end, we want #human beings who care about their fellow man. Who will stop to lend a hand rather than step over and move on.
F(ORGET) the data.