Back in the day, which by the way is 2008, a corps member’s effectiveness was measured by “significant gains” in the classroom. I lived and breathed by my tracker, and if my students were on the way to “sig gains”, then we were A-OK. At the end of the year, all three of my classes had achieved “sig gains” and we were extremely proud of ourselves. Hooray! Pat on the back! The tracker is green!
But what did a tracker full of green mean for my students? Did they understand the progress they had made? Did I fully understand the progress they had made? When my school learned that it was overstaffed for the next school year and I packed up my classroom, I didn’t feel confident in the work we had accomplished and how that would translate into my students’ future successes.
I shared my feelings with my MTLD at our End-of-Year reflection meeting and realized that my students would have benefitted from an End-of-Year reflection meeting with me.