And we started the end of the year testing for the Common Core State Standards. Why open the testing window so early? I know it will take me forever to do it all, but SIX WEEKS! I have to keep reminding myself that I have to individually test each kid on 100 sight words, etc, etc. But still!
I’m sorry that I haven’t blogged as much this year, but I decided I wasn’t going to fill this blog with negativity. And it’s hard. I really don’t like where we are at as teachers right now. And it isn’t just my district. I follow my education blogs on Google Reader and I have noticed that many of the educators I follow aren’t posting as much lately as well.
On the plus side, from what little testing I’ve managed to do so far, my kids have made amazing progress. I love this time of the year in kindergarten. Most of them are really starting to put all of the dots together. I can see amazing progress, even in my very low kids. I have to remind myself that they only look really bad when compared to the high ones. As far as the standards go, they are still low, but they have made great progress, especially for kids that knew no English at the beginning of the year. Our district has a list of 100 high frequency words for kindergarten and they want them to know at least 50 of them. Our Trophies Reading program used to have about 32 or so words, so we have had to step it up a bit this year. My highest readers are reading on a Second Grade level. I had two girls fighting over an Amelia Bedelia book today, it had a reading level of 2.3, and they could read it.
Oh, and then there is the kid that moved in from out-of-state a month ago and has less than 60 days in the classroom for all year to date. I tested him on the alphabet and he knew the letter “O” and a few sounds. No words. I don’t “get” some parents.
Anyway, I’m still alive. My wife thinks I should move to 1st grade and smaller class sizes. But it’s also smaller rooms, different curriculum to learn, etc.