So, I was sitting around this weekend watching Lonesome Dove and it made me think about all the challenges our kids will encounter in the world. When I say "kids," I mean my personal kids as well as the thousands of school children in Texas and the United States of America that will be responsible for running this country before long. How do we prepare our kids, our students, to be ready for what the future will bring? How can adults prepare the younger generations for things that they don’t want to accept themselves? Our country is in crisis. The economy, education, religion, and world affairs present difficult challenges for our younger generation. These ideals are at the essence of our American value system; however, it is difficult to find legislators who agree on what course of action is best for preserving our Nation’s core values. Our kids will be confronted with some pretty tough challenges. We must be careful to praise what is worth praising. Our country was built by individuals who were willing to make sacrifices. For us all, and our students, it is becoming increasingly easier to be distracted with many other things that really don’t matter. It is much easier in today’s world to look busy. Cell phones keep us connected, Facebook makes us feel important, and many other pieces of technology help us share our individuality with others. What a foil. The technology that has given us the world at our fingertips has also trapped us into instant messaging and has given us no escape from instant communication. Technology has made our lives easier; however, it has also robbed our kids of thinking. Our kids didn’t grow-up in the same mental framework as their parents. I’m not implying this is a bad thing. I’m merely pointing out the question I asked earlier, "How do we prepare our kids, our students, to be ready for what the future will bring?" I think this starts with the pride in effort. This has to be a goal for our students and parents. We must preach that the effort in preparing for a test is just as important if not more than the grade on the test. The willingness to prepare is more important that scoring a perfect score because there will always be challenges in our lives, and our willingness to work through them is important. We must learn and teach this.
Parents, your child will be taking CSCOPE assessments in the four cores areas: English, math, social studies, and science. There might be one to three assessments every six-weeks for each core class. San Saba ISD will be treating these assessments as benchmarks to predict success on the new STAAR assessment that every student in grade 3
The effort and hard work put into preparing for a test should rank pretty high on the scale.
Parents, ask your child if they have taken their first test in a CSCOPE area. Unlike in Lonesome Dove, some things are better off being said. I want my kids to understand that effort is just as important as the final grade. This will be no easy task.
Feel free to email or call me if you have any questions about CSCOPE or curriculum.
rd-11th will have to take this school year. These assessments will be difficult, but they will prepare your child for the next step in state assessment. The effort and willingness to prepare and do the best on each assessment will be where the true development happens. I have been around many students who were gifted and were satisfied with getting by on the least amount of effort as possible. Some students actually pride themselves in not studying. We have to be careful what we praise with our students. Grades will always be important, and they very well should be, but we must truly analyze what we should praise.