First up -- my blog is back to normal. Nothing a little money couldn't fix. If it's not one thing, it's another. :)
Second -- the book fair is going on at our school right now. And one of my favorite moms of all time is in charge of it. I had all three of her daughters (adorable!!!) and she is just a really neat person. She is also drop dead gorgeous which makes me feel inferior whenever I stand next to her. I feel like I am the "before" picture and she is the "after" picture. But what are you going to do? I am not from a foreign land, I do not have perfect skin, and I am not tall. ANYWAYS, she had us fill out our wish lists as usual. (parents can look at our wish lists and buy us a book if they so choose) We had to put one wish on one piece of paper and so on. THEN she put all the wishes into a hat for a drawing (this is new because she is running the book fair) and had our school secretary pull one out. AND I WON! (and she says it wasn't rigged)
I never win anything. GUESS WHAT I WON?
$75 to spend at the book fair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I went a little crazy when it was revealed on an impromptu announcement during our sacred language arts block. (for once, I was glad for the interruption) I got my kids a little hyped up, too, as in -- a couple of my stinkers thought they should celebrate with me by standing on their chairs and shouting louder than me. Hey, I am the one who won. ME. Not you, so get down from there and just WATCH me jump up and down on my desk. Do as I say, not as I do. For crying out loud.
Last -- I am FINALLY finished with those assessments. FINALLY. Hallelujah. The assessments were actually kind of easy for my kids. (well, except for those couple of kids who are below grade level and no matter how much I emphasized the correct answer in the choice making process, they did not get the hint. For example, 9+3. a) 11 B) 12 or c) 13 I did the best I could.) The worst part about assessments is what my district has decided to use to compile the results. TAKE A LOOK:
Yes. It's a remote control. I am pretty well versed in this device.
Originally, they bought a set for student engagement. Fun! Each kid gets one and you play certain games and the score keeper or whatever is on the computer so kids can ooh and aah. You can ask true, false, multiple choice, yes, no, etc. Great for review. You can also get very technical and have each kid enter their student number and then when you play, you can INSTANTLY see who gets a concept or who doesn't. People, this remote control is HUGE for my school because we do not have technology. Unless you count the phone in my room.
Oh, but we only have one set. Of 34. For the whole school.
But that's okay -- it's only for kinder and first. HOORAY. Something is just for us!!!
But we still only have one set. For 10 teachers. :(
AND THEN SOMEONE OTHER THAN A TEACHER (obviously) THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE GREAT TO USE FOR ASSESSMENTS.
Here is their bright idea. Give an assessment. Whole class. With paper and pencil. For example, how about the math district assessment which is 31 problems??? Give that. But don't let them bubble in their answers. They should lightly mark it with an X. In the bubble. (scan tron machines everywhere are freaking out) And then give the test. A couple of hours later, collect the tests. Then later in the week, when it is your turn to use the remote controls, pass out the tests AGAIN and a remote control to each student. And have them enter their lightly X'd answers into the remote control. I don't see any mishaps occurring, do you? No first grader that I know would be off by a number or two. Or forget to hit enter. Or mark A instead of C. That would NEVER happen in my ship shape classroom.
The district told us that kids these days play with iPod touches and iPads and video games so much that this would be a piece of cake for them.
We tried to tell them that those things are for FUN and that the scores racked up on those games do not reflect on a sad sack of a teacher. I mean, COME ON!!!!!!!
So guess what we do? All of the kinder and first grade teachers at my school and a few of my friends at other schools?????
You got it. I sit there after school and enter every answer for every kid from the paper-and-pencil part. So whatever 29 kiddos times 31 problems equals the number of times I pushed the buttons. And then I repeated it for the 55 questions on the Language Arts portion. Needless to say, I am not typing this post with my thumbs. They are dead.
I would like to know how your school collects data. Are you more technologically advanced? I think my district thinks this is the wave of the future or that we are ahead of our time. This could be because we used to hand write the scores on a grid and just pony them in the mail to the district. THEN we bubbled scan trons. And now we're using Technology. Oh my.
Seriously, I need to know. Do tell.
I am off to the carnival. Oh, happy Saturday. :)