The Best Case Scenario

The best case scenario is not that everyone passes the test. It’s that everyone learns what they need to learn.

After almost eight years in a classroom, I’m convinced that these two can be very different things.

I can help kids understand the craft of writing, or I can help them figure out how to do better on a multiple choice writing test. I’m not sure I can do both simultaneously. But with time constraints and pressure looming, I’m going to have to find a way.

I wonder if the company who makes the test can send sell me some materials to help my students pass?

These words from a teammate’s email sum it up nicely:

I cringe and struggle with what I know is best, and what I know is expected.

What a serious conundrum.