Parody of Mayisyahu’s One Day

Sometimes I sit,
In my classroom desk,
And I thank G-d I’m learning,
But, I wish,
There were no tests,
‘Cuz only F’s I’m earning.

Sometimes in my tears I drown,
These tests, they really put me down,
The big F on the top in red pen,
To only get that each week, again and again.

CHORUS:
All my life I’ve been waiting
I’ve been praying for,
For a teacher to say,
You’re not just about the end unit test,
I’ll set you up for success,
You deserve an A,
One day, one day, one day…..

It shouldn’t be
The pass or fail,
And all the six page tests,
We should use other
Assessment tools,
Ones that show my learning best,

When I get that six page multiple choice,
I feel like I don’t have a voice,
Besides we’re done this unit for the year,
So my results are baseless, it’s crystal clear. 1

CHORUS
If we get it wrong,
On a test,
Can we correct it after?
Wouldn’t that be best?

You might think,
“You’re not learning that way,”
But don’t the best learners,
Learn from their mistakes? 2

Sometimes in the studying I drown,
Until I’m at the verge of a breakdown,
I really do want to succeed,
So that second chance may be all I need.

CHORUS
I’m a student on a losing streak,
Nothing I try seems to work,
I’m confused, I don’t like this, help!
Feedback is criticism, It HURTS!


Don’t you see that all this leads,
Me to quickly reach for defeat,
Negative self fulfilling prophecy,
I suck, I’m dumb, my teacher hates me. 3

CHORUS
I wish my teachers, would all see,
How assessment can be used AS learning, 4
Not just to assess our memory,
‘Cuz then that 40% I’m earning.


Can’t my teachers recognize,
My anxiety goes past the skies,
When that test comes out by surprise, 5
My self worth and potential are minimized.

CHORUS
Yesterday I sat,
Scrolling on my phone,
I needed a break, from studying for my test,
When suddenly
Google suggested for me,
An article on the best ways to assess.

You can use them to make an assessment OF learning,
But what are you really earning?
You can use them FOR learning too,
But the best way is to use it AS a learning tool. 6

CHORUS:
All my life I’ve been waiting
I’ve been praying for,
For a teacher to say,
You’re not just about the end unit test,
I’ll set you up for success,
You deserve an A,
One day, one day, one day…..

Reflections:

Many times, when teachers use assessments as a form of assessment of learning, it is pointless for a number of reasons.
● It’s only done after the unit, so the “after” knowledge isn’t worth much to the teacher (“Besides we’re done this unit for the year, So my results are baseless, it’s crystal clear.”)
● Contrary to UBD, they are designed after the unit learning and so their results don’t necessarily align with the intended goals
● It just reinforces student weaknesses and makes them feel like a failure and leads to bad results (“I’m a student on a losing streak, Nothing I try seems to work, I’m confused, I don’t like this, help!

Feedback is criticism, It HURTS! Don’t you see that all this leads, Me to quickly reach for defeat, Negative self fulfilling prophecy, I suck, I’m dumb, my teacher
hates me.”
)


On the contrary, a powerful assessment is one that is used FOR learning, and even more powerful is one used AS learning. When this is done properly, the responsibility is shifted on the learner instead of the teacher, and it encourages more responsibility and ownership. It helps students be self motivated and not wait for confirmation or explicit step by step directions from the teacher. Using assessments wisely impacts our students. Let’s not make them wait for that “one day!” but let’s implement the proper assessment strategies into our rooms tomorrow!

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