Opportunity lies ahead with PSSA’s! A challenge is knocking on our door AND the anxiety decreases as we talk about the opportunity it provides.
It paves the way to our learning. It is a road map to each child’s knowledge and ability. It is the compass for future teachers to find the direction to each child’s learning.
PSSAs are not as closed minded as we make them out to be. Hands on? No. But they do allow for voice and choice if we see the opportunity behind each question. This is our championship game! We got this! How? We need to Innovate Inside The Box
Flip The Mindset
Each child gets to choose which strategy works best for them. Do they prefer the traditional method? Drawing pictures? Counting on their fingers? Partial products? Trade-first? These are simply methods that each child may choose from… their choice to show their voice on how they know the concept.
Are they curious as to why they need to read the article, passage, or summary? Each child has the choice to read the questions before they read the passage. This does not have to be such a mystery to them if they truly want to switch things up. What if they get to a question and the problem is that they cannot remember what they just read? No worries! Their choice… they can simply go back into the passage and find what it is they are looking for to complete the question.
However, if never given the opportunity to use their voice to choose their learning how will they see it so clearly when it lies in their path? Time to hit it out of the park and empower every child with opportunity!