In an ideal world full of unicorns and perfect students, post-test data would always meet your goals. But we all know that the world is not ideal, there are no unicorns, and sometimes kids still don’t fully meet your lesson objectives by the time the post-test rolls around. What to do?
Well, you could make a few notes for next year and move on to the next lesson. However, is that the message that we want to send our students? Is that the kind of work that we feel comfortable with ourselves? I’m guessing the answers are probably no and no.
When faced with this exact dilemma, I wanted my failing fifth grade to know that a poor performance on a test is not forgotten the next day and that we are a team working together towards their success. They may have made incredible sculptures, but they still couldn’t articulate anything meaningful about them. Not okay with me! So we made a plan that can be followed by any teacher that finds themselves in this sticky situation…
6 Ways to Improve Data in the Art Room
In the end, you may delay your next lesson by a few weeks. A small price to pay for high expectations and sending a message that success is a team effort.
What do you do when your students aren’t “getting it”?
What happens when students fail a test or project in your class?