As I look back over the last week of fitness testing for my students at MJGDS, I look at the overall PE curriculum for the year as well. Have the sports and activities that I ran this year set up my students for success in the tests? Could I better prepare them for theses tests? How in depth should I go into computing the scores this year versus last year? Lastly, how accountable am I for a student who I believe could have done better than recorded on their test?
The testing is near the culmination of the school year and really wraps up most of our PE lessons. If we were swimming this year then that would be next, but I was unable to get assistance from the JCA this year and we will go on without it. The process for testing all our students is a lengthy one. It takes me at least 6 classes to complete and depending on grade level can be very tedious. I stress out about testing because I want my students to be their best on the test. I probably worry more than they do about it, but don’t let it show. I know how much Jewish kids can get anxious about the unknown.
My students have been asking me to post the results on my bulletin board, “The Wall of Fame.” I am apprehensive this year to post it because I have told the students that their scores are private. I still want to recognize my best performances though, without hurting feelings of those that didn’t fair so well. It is a thin line between the two. I, also, have been strapped for time due to the rain. That is just one of the many behind the scenes jobs I have taken on in addition to teaching. I have been outside trying to eliminate all the standing water. This could become a problem in the next week as stagnant water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other bugs. It also can have a very pungent odor after a week or so.
I had a student ask me yesterday how I knew everyone’s name in the whole school. I told them it was easy to remember names and faces and even personalities. That is one thing I really love about our small school, I know everyone, inside and out, after being here 3 years and they all know me. Carpool is not one of my favorite things to do in the morning, but I do it with a smile on my face. Without fail, every child gets a good morning and a smile and every parent gets a smile and a wave. Some don’t wave back, but I feel its important to try and make eye contact and at least smile to show them that their child is going to a positive place with great people. I want to be a role model and if they don’t have a good rest of the day at least they were acknowledged first thing in the morning and given a chance to have a good day. Positivity rubs off on those around you.