To take a quote from the book Never Work Harder than Your Students, I find that I often have to "build a bridge." I might not be able to fill in all the gaps, but I can provide scaffolds and supports that allow students to master the concepts and skills required. A reasonable use of data analysis also ensures that I am able to diffentiate for students who do need more backfilling of information. By reasonable, I mean that I analyze student work in addition to looking at percentages of proficiency. Most importantly, I tell students that it might be hard at first, but it won't be hard forever. I always tell them, "I know you can do this!" When they get it down, I practically sing with joy. They know that I they have hit the mark when they see me so authentically elated. So, my feelings are...embrace the struggle and celebrate victory! I teach 6th grade Language Arts.
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