Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Big Test Tomorrow!

I am giving my kids a big practice test tomorrow. I think I am more nervous than they are because this doesn't count toward their grade, but shows me how much they have learned. I am cautiously optimistic that they know what they need to know, but I am also scared that when left of their own they will be lost...

I hope it will be a wake up call for some kids who don't do the work in class too...

One thing I hate about Standards Based Grading is that it doesn't show the students' effort and it makes me, as a teacher, feel much more responsible for doing everything it takes to help them succeed.

Now, don't get me wrong, I will bend over backward to help a student that is trying, but what drives me crazy are the kids that come to class without a pen or pencil, never write anything down and are constantly distracting others. I spend hours trying to figure out how to engage these kids and they can't even try to understand new concepts?!

Okay, this is sounding more like a rant than I meant it to...

Bottom line - I will either be really excited after the test tomorrow or really, really frustrated.

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