Tuesday, May 02, 2006

test day

It's the beginning of the end of the year--state testing time. School continues through the end of June; we'll see whether the students and I can make it. Rough day today. I think I get more worried about these tests than they do--a lot is riding on their performance, including my own job evaluations.

In other news, we've pretty well decided for me to take off 4 months after the baby. It's both a lot of time and doesn't seem like enough. May be a bit of a squeeze for money, but we'll find a way.


Blogger Hamel said...

What a shame that tests are so all-important in education. Had a kid come into my room crying yesterday because she did poorly on the ACT. I won't even get started.

6:24 PM  
Blogger James said...

It always amazed me how much time and effort so many teachers poured into The Test. I never mentioned it, never talked about it, never worried about it (outwardly) until a week away. I had the highest pass rate in the school. I think the excessive emphasis only freaks kids out. Of course now I teach juvenile deliquents so no one really cares much about the test at my school since there are bigger issues.

Staying home with the new baby sounds nice.

7:52 PM  
Blogger Notsocranky Yankee said...

I'm sure your students will do great! My daughter liked it when one of her teachers let them chew gum so they could concentrate on the test. I think they were just so excited about the gum, the test was not so daunting.

Definately take the time off with the baby. That is a great time to bond and it's more enjoyable without the stresses of work!

4:03 PM  
Blogger Colleen said...

i feel your pain
i really do

i'm in the middle of finals, which i think is easier than state testing time.

6:29 AM  
Blogger United We Lay said...

I had to leave my job yesterday because some kids made allegations that weren't true, but their story was good, the parents wanted me fired, and there's no union in private school. I guess I have to find another jobb, and not a good one, either. No one hires you when you're 5 months pregnant.

The tests suck. I always hated that part of the year. Again, not a problem in priavte school. I don't knwo that 'll ever work without union protection again, and I would suggest that all teachers do the same.

6:36 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Wow, United, I can't imagine what you and your family are going through now. I'll be thinking of you and wishing you the best.

12:34 PM  

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