Raise the Height of the Bar! Jump High!!!



Great Southwest Track and Field Classic Albuquerque, NM June 5, 2010
Great Southwest Track and Field Classic
Albuquerque, NM
June 5, 2010

“If your students are not high jumpers, maybe it’s because you aren’t asking them to high jump. By using appropriate assessment techniques, you encourage your students to raise the height of the bar.” – (Brissenden, G. and Slater, T. of the Assessment Primer, Field Tested Learning Assessment Guide)

The above statements saddened me, but at the same time, challenged me.

It saddened me because I see a lot of teachers who care so little whether their students learn or not. They just present their lessons in class, in the most boring ways, hardy caring if the students get it or not.

Unmotivated teachers produce unmotivated students. Get excited to teach and your students will catch the excitement! They will be excited to learn! Sadly, in my personal observation, many teachers (maybe because of a lot of valid reasons – low compensation, dilapidated classrooms, non-recognition, personal issues, etc. ) just go to their classes, present their lessons and care so little whether the learning goals are met or not. The bars are too low. The students are not motivated at all to jump high!

And then, I am challenged! One must have the “heart” to be a teacher. I believe that most of us in this class have the “heart!” Hence, I am challenged to encourage my students to jump high and even leap higher by raising the height of the bar! Provide them with the best curriculum, instructional tools and instructional methods by constantly employing appropriate assessment techniques, absorbing the lessons learned, and improving on whatever needs to be improved. I will remember that assessment does drive student learning!

Okay, I know it is so much easier to blog about this than actually do it! Oh, well, let us give “us” a chance, okay?! Let us raise the height of the bar and help our students jump high! 🙂


Brissenden, G. and Slater, T. (2014). Assessment Primer. Retrieved from http://www.flaguide.org/start/start.php