Measurable. As teachers we are constantly measuring student academic and non-academic growth. Just like a pediatrician takes height and weight measurements every year and then places them on a graph. Teachers are expected to consistently gather data to map student growth. I understand that this is valuable information. Pediatricians need to be able to identify if something is affecting a child’s physical growth. Teachers need to be able to identify if something is affecting a child’s academic and social-emotional growth. Why? Ideally, to find out what might be causing a significant delay or rapid increase in growth. Once identified, we can tailor to the students’ needs. This is what is truly amazing in education nowadays. We value what each student may need, and although it can be extremely trying, I believe, if done well, we are helping the student grow in areas that are actually immeasurable. If done well, proper support for a struggling or advanced student will help their moral character. It can make the difference between someone who gives up or someone who perseveres. It can make the difference between someone who takes the easy road and someone who challenges themselves. It can make the difference between someone who believes they can achieve anything and someone who doesn’t think they will amount to much….and all of this is immeasurable.