A Post on Student Achievement Best Practicesby Tracy West, 4th Grade Teacher, Carver Elementary, GA
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All I require them to do is start at their level, and work to make a gain. No, not all children are at the same level, but every child can obtain a goal. It is my hope that by the end of the year, they have learned enough to meet or exceed the standards.
My first year, as a teacher, I didn't understand how Bobby could be reading on a second grade level, however, be in the fourth grade. It took a lot for me to look past his weaknesses, and focus on his strengths. By the end of the year, Bobby was reading on his grade level. I owe his accomplishments to him believing that he could succeed if he put his mind to it. I allowed him and the other students an opportunity to learn through hands-on, the use of technology, peer tutoring, and other teaching strategies.
In the end, whatever it took to help them reach their goals, I used it. That is what change is all about. From then on, I entered the classroom the first day, looking for strengths.