Set the ExampleI was on my way to school this morning just thinking about the upcoming semester. I found myself thinking about all the things teachers have to get done between now and May. I work in a K-8 school, so I see everything thing from DIBELS to Acuity to ISTEP. I started thinking about all the times I was going to think and hear teachers say something about students being tested to death.
Then a thought hit me, who gives more test throughout the year, teachers or the state? I honestly don't see the state backing off on the number of test they require in a year. A teacher has no control over the number of test the state requires them to take. However, most teachers have control over the number of test they assign in their classroom.
So, how about we as teachers set the example. If we think students are being tested to death, then lets back off on the number of test we give in our classrooms and find other ways to assess our students. Now I know what some of you are thinking..."I only give test to prepare them for the state exam." "I have grades to give and I use test to guide my teaching." In reality, we give test because it's tradition and most test are easy to grade.
Unfortunately, we live in a testing environment and our students are being tested to death. If you feel that way, then set the example and give your students a break.