“I am focused on each student’s growth. If each student can come away with knowledge that will enhance their personal or professional life, then we have both succeeded.” – Pamela Orbison, computer science teacher, USA

Pamela Orbison

Business, Finance, IT and Computer Science Teacher; Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert

Rowan Salisbury Schools in Salisbury, North Carolina, USA
Pam Orbison (@CLMS_CTE on Twitter

How one teacher manages testing pressure

“It seems that a score on a test determines the current educational measure of success.  I have had students in my class crying because they feel so much pressure to meet a certain standard (even on pre-tests). I realized that these scores have the potential to cause students to define themselves according to their score. Students with high scores may perceive themselves as ‘smart’ and feel they do not have to exert much effort. Students with low scores may perceive themselves as ‘dumb’ or incapable and may shut down.

So I have discussions with my students. I encourage them to do their best on the assessments (because this is the current world we live in), but I let them know that the score is not what I am focused on. I am focused on each student’s growth. If each student can come away with knowledge that will enhance their personal or professional life, then we have both succeeded.”

You can connect with Pamela – and find out how she uses Creative Coding through Games and Apps (CCGA) to challenge her 8th grade students – on her Microsoft Educator Community Profile

About Pamela Orbison

Pamela Orbison

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Birthplace:  Washington, D.C.

Educational background:  AA Business Administration, BS Business Administration, MBA Management and Strategy, Certificate in IT

Favorite Microsoft product, tool, technology: OneNote, Surface (Sway and OfficeMix are a must as well)

What is the best advice you have ever received? Be yourself and follow what you know is right in your heart.

Favorite books: Fortune’s Children—The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt” and The Cuckoo’s Egg

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