It’s that time again to fill in end-of-year data sheets and calculate the progress of various groups, vulnerable or otherwise, of children in my Y2/3 class.
Although I don’t actually enjoy filling in little colour-coded boxes and reducing children to numbers and value added scores, there is a certain serenity about the numbers that I like.
The numbers don’t tell the story of the teaching and learning in my classroom over the year; they don’t show the laughter and smiles; the “in” jokes that we build together throughout the year or the personalities of each individual child. But what they do show is that, despite my many moments of panic and self-doubt, despite the afternoons where I have looked around a glitter and tissue-paper filled classroom and wondered how on earth I could get so and so to understand fractions or such and such to actually remember all his number…
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