Sunday, May 17, 2015
AM I A GOOD TEACHER??
DID I TEACH TO THE STANDARDS? WILL MY STUDENTS BE SUCCESSFUL?
It's obvious that teacher's feelings/opinions don't count AND there will ALWAYS be testing. Yes, I understand that we need to know that students are learning what we teach them. However, art is performance based and THAT knowledge should be accessed during the performance of their art work. AND let's remember that some of these students are really too young to get accurate results.
I had to also sign an agreement to not discuss the contents of the test, so I won't. Photos taken for this blog were taken between test sessions. No violation there!
So......... Fifth graders were the first ones in the room to take the test. They were given 30 minutes, they were all finished in 20. Yikes?? Pretty much the same with the fourth graders.
After planning and lunch came second, first and then kindergarten-they needed help logging in, and manipulating the mouse. It was so cute to see them scrolling with two fingers-like directed-however not both on the same hand? Which leaves us with the question: how much of the allotted test time was spent teaching students how to take the test?
Questions were read to them over and OVER, as I walked around the room. The biggest problem was if they didn't scroll up and down and went side to side they would be on another screen and need to be entered back into the test. Some of the little ones didn't really understand what to do and were confused by the whole thing. Can't wait to see those results!
Thank goodness I had help during testing. A BIG thank you to Jen and Lisa, without the two of you to help I would still be logging students in! Last in were the third graders who seemed to be handling it well enough.
Not sure if this is in violation or not, but, the test seemed to be appropriate across the grades levels. Most of the questions covered what I had been teaching throughout the year.....I can breathe now...
I want to debate the fairness, I want to vent over losing precious art time to test my students last week, but all of that is pointless since it doesn't change anything AND I want my blog to be upbeat and positive!!
Sooo I asked my son, who has returned to school to be a graphic designer, to design a shirt. I seriously want to make one of these to sell. The debate is which one would teachers prefer to wear- the one on the left or the one on the right. Obviously I like the one on the left, that is why it is on the top of my blog!
Thanks for reading, sorry that I was short on photos and long on words, I just needed to get it all out there! By the way-do let me know how your E.O.C.'s are going!