Monday, October 25, 2004
I just spent almost my entire planning period learning all about this assessment tool we are going to be using! The kids have taken the benchmark test and now I have the "opportunity" to go over each question each child answered incorrectly and figure out why they answered it incorrectly. Then I can tailor a program for each individual child which includes creating both diagnostic and remedial tests! Each child will only have the questions on their test that are designed just for their specific levels and needs!
My ass. When am I supposed to have the time to do this? Especially considering the kids that I teach? Today I looked around the room as I was trying to get them to read a play. One child was haltingly reading a word per minute, it seemed. One child was staring at the window (which is covered in paper, so he was just looking at paper) while mouthing the lyrics to a rap song semi-quietly. One student had his hand up in the air like it was an airplane, and that airplane was flying back and forth in varying speeds. One student was writing "This class suck. This class suck." over and over again on a sheet of paper...paper that he had borrowed from me, by the way. One student had his book closed and was patiently staring at the clock waiting for it all to be over so he could go to band.
Yeah. I have all the time and energy in the world to be creating two different tests and entire reading programs for every single one of my seventy students. And they are sure to focus and really buy into the program! Feeling a little negative today. Forgive me. ¶ 8:59 AM