I’ve had this cold for about a month…an entire month! This is the longest I’ve ever been sick from the common cold. I wish it wasn’t so common, but rather better selective of who it’d take down. My student-teacher has witnessed how the common cold can easily take four days of leave out of a teacher AND it still lingers about…in those shadows.
I have a student-teacher who has taken over my class schedule, so I’m not too concerned about lesson plans for those fours days (thank goodness). But that isn’t to say I have so much “free time ” on my hands. I’m working on the English department curriculum with a couple of colleagues. This year-long assignment is growing arms and legs of its own, and keeping up with it is a little more than I had expected. More ideas keep coming up – portfolios, reading lists, rubrics, etc.
AND it’s February…AIMS Writing and Reading tests are next week. I’ve already blocked out (and told my student-teacher to do likewise) two weeks of classroom instruction to prepare students for the AIMS test environment, structure, and some practice (Buckledown Booklets). We have had to halt my student-teacher’s unit plan (novel study) for the exam. He shares his concerns about standardized testing, I agree, BUT we still have to do it. If I want my kids to do well, feel successful in completing the exam, I prepare them. That’s just how it goes; I want them to do well, so that they graduate high school too.
This is what is happening in one English language arts classroom in Arizona. I don’t even feel compelled to say it’s “wrong” or “right.” That’s just the way it is. I’m doing the best I can. How about you?