April showers bring…

…more testing, testing, testing!  I have not been able to do any AI lessons.  This whole month of April I have to do ESOL (LAS Links) testing.  I started out very invigorated.  I was determined to get on track with the testing immediately because of having to give a 4-part test to 60 kids.  The 4 parts cannot be given on the same day.  The first part, speaking, must be given individually to each student.  The listening part can be given in groups that are K-1, 2-3, 4-5.  If there K-1 is a big group, however, and all of mine at each school are, it is best to keep kindergarten kids separate from 1st graders.  That, of course, means 4 different groups.  Sometimes I can do speaking and listening on the same day, but usually I do the speaking first, and then later in the day I’ll pull grade groups for listening, if there’s time.  The speaking part is 10 minutes or less. The listening part is about 15 minutes.  But then there’s the reading (45-70 minutes) and the writing (45-70 minutes).  It can take a little bit longer than that and usually does.  Figure about 4 days per school.  We have a state mandated 16 day window to complete all testing, due to spring break.  I truly think I could recite the directions and all the examiner’s questions by heart!  As all teachers know, it is exhausting giving and proctoring exams, mainly because we’re all built to be very active–mentally and physically!  This is all to say that I will be so glad when it’s over.  Until then, no AI lessons.  Happy spring break to all!


About Kate Collins

AACPS Teacher (Certified in ESOL, Special Education, English, and Theater)
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One Response to April showers bring…

  1. bradshawjam says:

    Oh how well I know the exhaustion and frustration of standardized testing. I deliberately planned a 2-day AI lesson for my math students for the Thursday and Friday following Math MSA (Mondrian inspired stations). It was such a great way to “re-energize” them and assess what they knew about area and perimeter without having them feeling “burned out” on math that week.

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