Take these quick surveys to discover your strengths and weaknesses in the classroom.

It’s spring, and our thoughts turn to budding trees … opening day … early flowers … state testing … warm weather … plans for summer vacations. State testing?

Yes, if it’s spring, it must be time for state testing, the annual rite during which we measure what students have learned. Test scores, of course – no matter how much policy makers want them to – can’t tell us the whole story about what happened in our classrooms or how well we’ve done as teachers. How else can we assess our work so that we can celebrate our successes, build our strengths, and improve our weaknesses?

As your students pick up their No. 2 pencils and prepare to blacken the circles beside the correct answers, I invite you to take your own – slightly less nerve-racking – learning assessment. As you read each question here, think “To what extent have I done this?” and award points accordingly, anywhere from 0 to the maximum available. Add up the points you gave yourself, and see what the grand total tells you about your own learning this year.

What is your mindset as a learner?

The pressure is on. Once you’ve graduated from a teacher education program, you’re expected to be a TEACHER. Stand tall, exhibit mastery of your content, lead students in electrifying activities … and then watch as, one by one, they rise and salute you as their divine guide to learning. Take a bow.

The reality is slightly less grand. Most teachers look back on their first year (or years) of teaching with humility, many with some regret. I, for one, wanted to kneel before

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