On 1/24/03, Cat wrote:
> On 1/23/03, fox wrote:
>> Just wondering if everyone is as stressed as I am about the
>> TEST! I teach 5th grade and am absolutely killing myself
>> trying to get all the core content in before the testing
>> window. I feel like I can't do a good job teaching
>> because I have to cram so much into every day. We can't
>> spend adequate time on any concept-just when the kids are
>> really enjoying a topic, I have to move on to the next
>> one. I wish we didn't have the test looming over our heads
>> everyday. The children are feeling the stress just as much
>> as I am. I feel like I am preparing my kids to take a test
>> instead of giving them a well-rounded education.
> Yes, Fox that is all we're doing prepping for the test from
> January until testing. They're not being properly taught. I
> am ready for a revolt!
Hey Fox, are you still out there prepping for those test
in a few weeks, 30 something days? This is the time of year I
love being a resource room teacher expecially for the 13, 4th
and 5th graders I have. Let's see 5th grade is no longer
teaching reading because they have been doubling up on
mathematics and social studies which takes up 4 hours of the
school day. Add to that an hour of arts and humanities taught
now instead of science we are up to 5 hours a day. Add 25 min.
for lunch, 20 for recess and 30 min for a special class and
that equals no reading! Now let's ask how much the reading
resource room students have digressed since January?
On to 4th grade WOW guess what they are stressing right
now? You guessed it science, reading and those writing
portfolios. I am so appreciative of our principal reminding me
that we will have no novices this year. I did remind her that
we have several students with IQs below 60, baby those kids
can flat out write a feature article! Not to mention those who
have a writing disability with limited vocabulary and have
reading levels below 2nd grade.