Is it bad that…?

female HS teacherIs it bad that now that our state testing is over I feel like a teacher again?  As my students were testing Tuesday and Wednesday, I was free to do some work.  As I sat at my desk, obliged to ignore any questions the students may have about the content of the test,  I was looking through curriculum, checking out materials I have stuffed in my bookshelf and generating ideas for how I could approach the topics that will carry us through June.  And I have to say it was a good feeling.  I’m feeling like a creative teacher again: planning learning experiences that will spark my students’ interests and challenge them to use their skills.

After so much time prepping for tests and cramming in learning sessions to get these kids ready for high stakes assessments (as fun as some of it may have been), it will be nice to plan meaningful experiences for my students to learn.

But I kind of have to wonder, is that bad that now that our state testing is over, I feel like a teacher again?

Short and sweet today…


PS – That’s not a picture of me.

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Article by Elizabeth Peterson

Elizabeth Peterson has devoted her life to education and to reaching out to other teachers who want to remain inspired. Mrs. Peterson teaches fourth grade in Amesbury, Massachusetts and is the host of She holds an M.Ed. in Education, “Arts and Learning” and a C.A.G.S. degree with a focus in “Arts Leadership and Learning.” Elizabeth is author of Inspired by Listening, a teacher resource book that includes a method of music integration she has developed and implemented into her own teaching. She teaches workshops and courses on the integration of the arts into the curriculum and organizes the annual summer Teacher Art Retreat. Mrs. Peterson believes there is a love of active, integrated learning in all children and from their enthusiasm, teachers can shape great opportunities to learn.
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