It might seem counterintuitive to be thinking about classroom climate now. It is around this time that we begin to increase the amount of assessments we assign, as students are asked to grapple more deeply with course inquiries, essential questions, content skills, and unit concepts.
Instead of finding ways to fight fire with fire through more critique, we deviate from the norm in ways that confuse, conflate, and separate ourselves from the narrative. Baudrillard-inspired theorist Franco Berardi writes, "the best thing to do is to make friends with chaos."
I knew I wanted to do my best to represent student growth in the most accurate way I possibly could. While I know my methods are far from perfect, I have seen remarkable growth and a complete shift in focus in my students.