I revere myself as a positive person. I think it can probably get a little "thick" for people at times, but I hope most can appreciate this aspect of my personality. Now, here comes the confession, there are some things, despite the cheery nature, that immediately evoke a negative response. I may not wear that reaction, but inside I look like this!
But, let's get back to that positive attitude, the one that doesn't back down or get overwhelmed by assessment data, its meaning, and the incredible push to make everyone the same. [Deep Breath]
I am a firm believer that the only way to get through something challenging is to understand why it is a challenge. I like to examine and reflect why something is a problem for me and do something.
Yes, there are realities. Other people far far away decide what my students should know and have determined a lock step standard, benchmark or goal for each month of the school year. These of course don't always match up to the goals I set based on "the real" information about "the real" child. "The reality is" I have a square hole and a round peg that need to somehow fit together--what is real? They don't fit together because one is square and one is round, genius, right!
What is real...I am the prism. Each child reflects their understanding on the spectrum that is learning. We are not the same. We each display a different shade of understanding. This diversity is what makes teaching and learning so rewarding.
I would much rather spend my time evaluating and resolving the challenges children bring that are REAL.