This school year has felt so much different from the past two years. There seems to be some underlying stress that is always present. Looking around every day, I see teachers who are exhausted. Everyone is holding onto their coffee cups for dear life in the morning, and they often get more coffee at lunch as well. As pressure comes from all directions, administration, teachers, and students are all starting to feel it.
It seems like every year the students come in lower than the year before, and the bar for their performance is set higher and higher. All of the students in my school are expected to be “meeting” or “exceeding” on the standardized assessments. I am proud to say that we have done really well the past couple of years, and our school is no longer on probation. So now, we are working even harder to ensure that our students continue to do a great job. I feel like it is an endless job to accommodate and modify the curriculum in such a way that my students can show their growth and do well on the standardized assessments.