Last week at the Michigan Reading Association’s annual conference I had the privilege of moderating a panel with authors Linda Urban, Katherine Applegate, and Lisa McMann. When selling the panel to the author’s publishers and Michigan Reading I sold it as a welcome home session. A session where we could share all the great things that Michigan educators did for these fine writers while they were in Michigan classrooms.
As I began to plan the session, I realized that it was missing something. It was missing today’s students and all the wonderful things that current Michigan teachers are doing to groom the future writers, lawyers, doctors, pilots, and nurses from Michigan. I decided to invite two of my students to share the stage with us. They were amazing. They commanded respect with their enlightening responses.
My point of this whole thing was to help everyone remember that every single thing we do is for the students. It’s not about test scores, it’s not about us, and it is most certainly not about those new standards. It is about making a difference in the lives of the students we spend our days with.