Re: Whatever happend to our chatboard??

    I feel that excessive testing, data collecting, and teaching to
    the test have sucked the joy of learning and teaching from
    teachers ( and students!). In past years, this board was usually a
    place to come to for sharing ideas, creating "fun",
    age-appropriate lessons and activities, and sharing discipline
    techniques. Now, the main concern is how to push the little
    learners hard in order to get those scores. Who wants to post
    about that- dreary business at best?

    On 5/21/16, DonnaR/CA wrote:
    > On 5/20/16, retired K teacher wrote:
    >> This has happened to Tnet in general - it used to be so
    > active and
    >> now it's pretty much dormant. I'm sure it's a combination
    > of
    >> things - testing, push down curriculum, little freedom in
    > how you
    >> teach etc. Teachers are becoming robots who collect data.
    > I think it's also blogs, Facebook, and Pinterest, that have
    > affected T-net. There are a lot of Kinder blogs out there,
    > many of them have Facebook pages, and of course there's
    > Pinterest for getting actual photos for ideas.
    > The above ideas all have merit, too. I am thankful that my
    > school district isn't one to expect every teacher on a grade
    > level to be on page X, sentence X, at a given time. We are
    > still given a little leeway. But I am still expected to test
    > my kinders, present the data, and that "every child should
    > have mastered the skills" by the end of the year. Bah,
    > humbug, we all know that some kinders are just not
    > developmentally ready!
    > Speaking of testing....yesterday, one came near to tears. "I
    > don't want to do this." I patiently explained to him that we
    > don't always want to do certain thinga in life, but there are
    > some things we have to do. "But this is boring!" He was
    > trying to take the mouse and make it play a game -- in the
    > MAPs test for Math. Sorry, buddy, this isn't a game, it's
    > some of the more serious stuff in life. "But I don't want to
    > do this!" I bit back the urge to tell him that I didn't want
    > to listen to him whine, either, but I have to. This is a
    > child whose mother decided to enter him in kindergarten in
    > February -- when she should have waited until fall -- but she
    > didn't want to pay for babysitting when she went back to
    > work. So I end up picking up the pieces of what this child
    > does NOT know. Fortunately, he's considered a "TK" in Calif.,
    > and will do another year of kinder. No way would I let this
    > child go to first grade.
    > Donna