Recently, we wrote about the MAP Testing Fairy, and how fourth-grade teacher Courtney Dickerson created a program that got her kids so excited about their own academic growth that they started a letter-writing campaign. Other teachers are coming up with their own unique ways to get kids connected with their own growth, too — from special decorations to popcorn parties, powerful things are happening!
So we’re asking: How do you or your colleagues get your students excited about academic growth?
We want to hear your stories: whether it's a pep talk you give your students prior to taking a MAP Growth test, a game a colleague has created to help students manage their progress toward goals, or even your own version of the MAP Testing Fairy, it's all fair game!
Throughout the month of April, we’re accepting teacher nominations — then at the start of May, we’ll announce three lucky winners to kick off Teacher Appreciation Week! (We appreciate teachers all year, but we're excited for Teacher Appreciation Week nonetheless.) Three winning teachers will receive $250 each, and we’ll be featuring submitted entries here in the community blog throughout April.
To tell us about your efforts, or to nominate a colleague, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or add a comment below, and be sure to include:
- The name of your district and school
- The name of the teacher you’re nominating (Remember: it’s OK to nominate yourself!)
- A brief description of how they inspire their students to connect with MAP Growth testing, as well as examples of how and why they were so successful. Feel free to include pictures, too!
- How you prefer to be contacted
We're excited to hear from even more teachers about the difference it makes when kids get excited about growth. Check back here in the NWEA community blog for updates throughout the month of April!