Wonderful plans put on hold....
This is what my students and I lost today because Standardized testing took a day from us...
- The chance to read an article on Tweentribune and post comments and/or leave a comment on our Quadblogging friends website.
- Sharing laughter over the Brainpop Joke of the Day and viewing/discussing the video offered on Wonderopolis.
- Reinforcing the concept of multiplication clusters, which they struggled with. Having the students who were ready, create, solve, and post their original story problems using GoAnimate.
- Reading "The Lemonade War" out loud, and discussing and sharing our thoughts using Today's Meet.
- Having students work on their Reading Choice board activities.
- A rousing game of competitive "Vocabulary Word Biz."(Created with Word Biz in the Smartboard gallery)
- Wondering and noticing about the constitutional rules for who can occupy an office. And I am especially bummed that we didn't get a chance to discuss candidates and issues so that we could play with Adomatic:Create Your Own Campaign tomorrow! :(
- And I really, really, wanted to hear the stories about the aliens landing on our school's parking lot. We started yesterday, and I burst out laughing when I read this, "After the alien burst in, we could hear Mr.A across the hall screaming like a girl." Had to show it to him.:)
Well, I guess I wasn't doing any "real" teaching anyway, seeing as how Multiple Choice was not an option in any of my lessons.
But on the bright side, here's what I took from Standardized testing:
- blisters on my feet, because God forbid I get caught sitting
- catching one of my students nodding out over the computer (never happens when I'm teaching)
- the joy of telling my students, "I can't help you."
- the ecstasy of watching my "babies" struggle, knowing I couldn't do anything about it
- the anxiousness of looking forward to lunch/recess as I never have before
- the crappy feeling from trying to alleviate the pain of failing grades flashing before their eyes after they hit "Submit"(at least the ones who passed felt good)
All this so that I can be held accountable for a student's test scores? Who can I hold accountable for what was taken from us today, and every day since NCLB?