Friday, November 03, 2006

I'm ready, I'm ready

I spent most of today teaching students. I didn't fill their young, impressionable minds with knowledge of geography or math or reading. I taught them -- are you ready for this? -- how to take a Bubble Test.
We spent reading class taking a practice test.
We spent math class taking a practice test.
We spent Writers' Workshop deciphering and interpreting the Constructed Response Rubric for the math tests.
Yesterday, we spent Writers' Workshop deciphering and interpreting the Constructed Response Rubric for reading tests.
Instead of Spanish class, we punched out the tagboard "tools" that they may need for the math test.
I also did my best to reassure them that they are intelligent and capable young men and women. This time is stressful, but they can do well. Now that they know the structure of the tests, they just need to follow the directions, read carefully, think, and bubble the right answers. They're ready, and so am I.
This came today. I plan to wear it Monday, the first day of our statewide, developed at great cost, required (but not paid for) by the feds, testing.
At least I'll have one thing to smile about.

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Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Federal regu;ations state that we aren't to teach top the tests -- but we are given little time to do anything but teach HOW to test. I remember when education used to be hands on discovery.

11/05/2006 7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like you quilldancer......will you dance with me?

11/06/2006 8:54 PM  

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