State Testing This Week
There are really not words for how over this school year I am.
- Student 1: I said I would be like Frosted Flakes because they're great!
- Student 2: That's awesome!
- Me: I thought so too, so I put it on my tumblr.
- Student 2: No way! You have a tumblr?
- Student 3: Don't act so surprised. It's not like she's old!
You can’t dream if you don’t play.
My husband and I like to imagine what we would do if we won a big PowerBall jackpot. Obviously we would invest it and live off the interest, which would still provide an obscene amount of money each year. Tonight our fantasies revolve around which friends and family members would have their mortgages paid off, and how many college funds would be set up for their children. We may be terrible people, in that we are not politically correct and can be overly judgmental, but we know how to take care of others.
Ok, I am going to lay down until 8:45.
Then I will be looking for people to play cards against humanity online.
I am in EST time zone.
Signal boost! I’m gonna try to play. But I may have to go to sleep, since husband and I have had some beverages.
Not my job to convince you.
Taken out of context, yet oddly appropriate to my life right now.
The Difference Between Teaching and Learning
I’m very interested to see the EOC test scores this year. Last year I was more traditional in my classroom. We did notes, then an activity or two. It was boring and I feel like the students just memorized things and didn’t truly learn to think. 90% of them passed last year.
This year, I followed a more inquiry based model. We had an activity or two that required interpretation and research, then de-briefed as a class with notes or discussion. The students are saying that I don’t teach and they didn’t learn anything. I have noticed improvement in their problem soling kills and ability to work independently though.
I wish students would just listen and participate in class rather than tweeting after the EOC test that I don’t teach them anything.
And I guarantee at least 90% of them will pass despite their complaints.
Friday Afternoon and Monday Morning
The absolute worst times for my freshmen to be taking their EOC exams.
- Student: So wait, America and the United States are the same thing?!
- Rest of Class: Did you really just ask that?
Has anyone else noticed…
that at this point in the school year all your supplies seems to be breaking, broken, or missing?
Part of me is grateful things have lasted this long.
The other part of me is frustrated because kids seem to have no respect for things that don’t belong to them.
“Miss, where are your crayons?” “Where is your hand sanitizer?” “Stapler?”
“Stolen, used, broken.”