Teaching Middle School, Week 14: Testing completed & pondering “fairness”

Two days - one of science, one of social studies - finished us up. Those days were a lot easier than the days of testing the week before. The testing periods (2 each day) were from 45 minutes to 1 hour - about half the time of the ELA (English/Language Arts) and math tests the week … Continue reading Teaching Middle School, Week 14: Testing completed & pondering “fairness”

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Teaching Middle School, Week 13: The reality of high-stakes TESTING

Imagine that this, above, is your setting for 5 days - from 8:10 until about noon each day. Except that the words on the window - taken down. Any interesting posters - taken down. Bare concrete block walls, tile floors, fluorescent light, and silence surround you. In the 3 to 4 hours you are testing, … Continue reading Teaching Middle School, Week 13: The reality of high-stakes TESTING

Teaching Middle School, Week 12: Dreading Spring Break?

The week before spring break stretches on for much longer than five work days. Or at least it feels longer! I was just sure that Wednesday was Thursday. My body, mind, and spirit felt Thursday. But the calendar said "Wednesday." And on Thursday I had several students who are usually calm and corporative be a bit … Continue reading Teaching Middle School, Week 12: Dreading Spring Break?