Just under a day left! I love the Friday before vacation! We’re taking a district test (the DCA), and the jog-a-thon in the afternoon. Woo hoo!
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Spring Break is coming soon, and with that is the spring DCA’s (District Common Assessments). There are 3 of them, math, language arts, and writing. We’re taking all three this week. I try to spread them out some, as to not overload the students. But while they are taking the test, I find I have some extra time, which is always nice.
While they are busy, I can get some things done, like correcting papers. Papers that I need to use for their grades are usually checked by a volunteer parent (I have about 6 of them that I can send work home to be corrected) or checked in class. Then I put percentages on them and enter those percentages into my grade book (I use Microsoft Excel). A lot of papers I just need to look at and mark to let them (the parents) know that I’ve seen it. Then those papers, as well as the ones I’ve used for grades, go into the basket at the back of the room. From there, they are put into each students cubby, by me or student volunteers (a favorite classroom job).
But while they are working quietly on their tests, I do have a few minutes to glance at the headline news on my lap top. Don’t tell anyone, but I can check the hockey standing (not that it matters for the Ducks these days) and see what the Lakers are up to. It’s also a good time to straiten up my room, but that usually involves correcting/checking papers (see above).
I have to confess, I love when the class is testing. It’s nice and quiet, and I can get things done. To bad they can’t test every day.
For math, my district gives me a math curriculum, which comes with several teacher’s manuals and other materials to help me teach the students what they need to know. The same with science and social studies. A little with PE.
But writing? We hardly get any help from our curriculum or our district. Most of the writing in our curriculum is things like, “Writing in a Journal” or “How to Take a Phone Message.”
Really? Who cares how they write in a journal? And let their parents tell them how to take a message.
Our district (and the state) expects us to teach writing a personal narrative, a fictional narrative, a narrative summary, an expository summary, and a response to literature. Our district tests us on 4 of those. And in fourth grade we have the state writing test, which can be any of those (we don’t find out which one until the day of the test). Almost none of that is covered in our state approved, district bought curriculum. And the district sure doesn’t give us any added support. The teachers are on their own.
The state writing test is coming up in a few weeks. Wish me luck.
Today we have a test on Topic 18 – Formulas and Equations. It basically comes down to this; If given y = x + 3, what is y if x=4? Or, if I want to be more difficult, if y=3x, what is y if x is 4? And then we go backwords:
x 1 2 3 4 So what is the rule?
y 0 1 2 3 Answer? y=x-1
Then for a couple, I gave them the rule, and they had to figure out what x and y were, and they graph the ordered pairs. They love doing that.
We’ll see how they do on the test.
Next topic? 14 – Integers.
Anyone know what an integer is?