Of all of the challenges teachers face, the one that Maryland's poet laureate presented Friday was one they welcomed.
"I think we all got into teaching because we believe in developing a great human being," said Michael Glaser, the state poet laureate. "Sometimes, it's hard to remember that in the face of all this testing, which is never for the quality of the student's life, but for how well they take tests."
Glaser, who teaches at St. Mary's College of Maryland, read and discussed his poems for students, teachers and literature buffs on Thursday, said Martin Potash, coordinator of secondary English for Washington County Public Schools.
On Friday, Glaser addressed English teachers from across the county at the start of their daylong professional development training day. Students had the day off and teachers graded benchmark tests and discussed teaching strategies, Potash said.