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So, I took the Google Certified Level 2 Exam last year and failed it by 4 points. That stung.

I was embarrassed, I pouted, and felt sorry for myself. (Yes, my life is a living hell.)

But after a few hours, I got over myself and realized that this is a real learning experience. I thought about what failing feels like to my students. Do they feel the way I do when they fail?

The difference between their tests and mine was that I got another chance at the exam. You know I was prepared for it this time. The first exam showed me what skills I did poorly on, so naturally I will always remember those even more than the ones that came easily to me.

Shouldn't my students get another shot at tests in my class? Wouldn't they do much better the second time around? Retaking a test made a big difference in my learning, I think my students deserve that same opportunity. I’m going to allow more retaking of certain tests in my classroom. Mostly, I’m going to work on creating assessments that check for understanding without the pass/fail stigma attached to them.

Fast forward to this year. I took the test again. I was anxious; how embarrassing would it be if I failed again? I faced my fears, I studied harder this time, and with the help and support of my NYCDOE colleagues, I passed.

I learned so much, and not just from Google.

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Comment by Kym Gavitt on July 24, 2017 at 3:49pm

Thanks Eileen! :0)

Comment by Eileen Lennon on July 24, 2017 at 3:36pm

Thank you Kym!

If you can get through your Masters, level 1 will be no problem. The online training site was very helpful. Google Training Center Site

Good luck!

Comment by Kym Gavitt on July 24, 2017 at 3:31pm

I so agree with Eileen! Give our students the opportunity to learn from the assessments we give them. Congrats on your passing level 2. I have aspirations to take level one, but I have to finish my Masters first, for fear of too much on my plate. Good luck to you!

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