Pamela Korzep is a Tenth Grade Reading Teacher at Spoto High School.
I like working at an Achievement School because the students have so much to offer, in terms of their growth potential and just seeing them get excited about their own progress. When they see that all the hard work they are doing in class is paying off, it’s very rewarding.
The students don’t care what you know until they know that you care. It’s important that the kids know you have come here for the right reasons. Little things go a long way. For example, I try to eliminate any excuses for not working. I have pencils if they need them and, if they forget their notebook, I have paper for them. Anything you can do or provide for them is appreciated and important.
My students are incredibly empathetic. They care for each other, and they care about me. It’s nice to have a small little family. I really do feel like I’m making a difference.
It’s easy to see the academic differences and the gains that my students have made. We have a lot of data collected this year, in terms of where our students are and where they’re going. We just completed our data chats, where we discuss their growth. Some of the students have made 20-30% gains. I say, if you can do that in 5 ½ weeks, imagine what you can do by the end of the school year! So, they’re excited to see that.
I even have kids asking, “When is our next test?” Normally, you don’t have many kids asking when their next test is, but when you frame success as how much growth you’ve made and not what your score is, the students want to do better.
Celebrate successes. What you plant and what you water is what you grow. We’re trying to water this idea that with hard work, you will continue to make progress and continue to grow.
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