Petitions to Waive Student Assessment and Teacher Evaluations for Flood Affected Areas in Baton Rouge Area

With portions of Louisiana’s state assessment being tested exclusively online, several schools are petitioning for waivers from assessments and teacher evaluations due to flood-related trauma. At this time, Louisiana State Superintendent and the Governor’s Office are saying no.

Flood affected schools, students, and teachers argue preparation for online testing has been delayed due to issues with internet access, and access to technology. Class sizes have ballooned with children with two to three teachers instructing at the same time. Many teachers believe this setting is not conducive to satisfactory evaluations. Read more here.

Best Practices in Teaching

Preparation – Formulate lessons and teaching strategies in advance.  Think about having to prepare for the month, the week, and the day.  Preparation is the key to success. A strategy- https://www.edutopia.org/blog/7-step-prep-weekly-plan-maia-heyck

Motivation – Not only must motivation be sought out, but motivation also has to be given out.  Motivate yourself and your students.  Motivate them to meet your high expectations. Strategies and research- https://www.edutopia.org/blog/classroom-self-persuasion-david-palank

Gratitude – Be thankful.  The research on the benefits of gratefulness are abundant. Some research- https://www.edutopia.org/blog/gratitude-powerful-tool-for-classroom-owen-griffith

How does this translate into the classroom?

  • Complete and submit thorough lesson plans.
  • Greet and welcome students into your classroom.
  • Follow with consistency your classroom management plan.
  • Demand academic excellence during lessons. 
  • Demonstrate with-it-ness. Constantly walk around and monitor your classroom.  *The only time you should be sitting during a class is if you are sitting next to a student or group wherein you are providing them with scaffolds. 
  • End each class (and the day) positively.

Teach your heart out !