Guest blogger Azima Thakor shares her experiences about changing assessment in her classroom and within her school community. How are you currently assessing students and how's that working for you?

As a classroom teacher I was fearless and now as a leader I have to be too. Adults, however are far scarier sometimes than the high school seniors I used to teach. I'll just keep smiling and practicing what I preach and I know that change will happen.

As we continue to explore our current practices and determine what's best for our kids, we need to keep an open mind and thoroughly examine the impact of our choices. The world has changed too much to keep doing things the same way.

As I continue to grow and develop as an educator, a parent, and a person, I can only hope that when the quiet comes, I will be able to truly appreciate and enjoy myself and those I surround myself with personally.

We must answer the call to action to make education tenable for all students, educators, and leaders. The world is changing and since we don't always know how we are all contributing, we must start a conversation to make it better for everyone.

This time in the classroom is more important than anything else I do. Interacting with my team and their students, getting to know the environment and seeing their willingness to take risks and build on their own professionalism and practice goes a long way. Trying new things may not always go smoothly, but I want them to know they have a partner in me; I'm invested in their success because it matters to our students.

Sometimes I continue to judge myself on some very unrealistic standards. A wise friend once told me to treat myself as I would treat a mentee and be kind to myself remembering what my beginning years as a teacher looked like (the Cliff Notes version is that it was bad... serious understatement, but you get the point). I'm new at this and I can only know what I know and keep learning

As we continue to keep ALL of our kids in mind, it is essential for us to provide continuous opportunities for students to see themselves as smart by their own definitions, not just in the traditional sense. No child should leave a day of school feeling stupid.

We are the moment, on the precipice of a need for real transformation. The system doesn't account for the different needs of students and still seeks to define success with a single pathway. This is a broken ideal and the sooner we move away from it, the better learning institutions will be for all students.

Change is hard for everyone and sometimes unless we are exposed to different options, we don't even know they exist. It's my job as a team leader to present ideas and offer a forum for discussion so that we can all hear and grow together.

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