March 16, 2018

Weekly Recap - The Good and the Bad

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

This was another five day week! Most of it was spent on PARCC testing. At least we had some fun days to celebrate like Pi Day and St. Patrick's Day.

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

PARCC Testing Comments - Of course my bad part of the week includes PARCC testing. This week I thought I would post the ridiculous questions/comments I got during the middle of the test.
           "Why do the lights look weird? If the school shakes, they will fall down."
           "Is our classroom underneath this room." (Our classroom is on the second floor. The computer room is on the second floor just on the other side of the building.)
           "What is a straight jacket?" (This particular child kept asking about straight jackets were all week. I thought I may need one before the week was over.)
           "My brain won't work."
           "I'm working hard on Moby Max!" (Ummm...he was taking the PARCC test.)

Surprise Meeting - Isn't it great when a sub shows up at your door so you can go to an IEP meeting that no one told you about?'s not? That's what happened to me this morning. This led to a lot of running around - creating plans that the class could do, taking attendance, and answering the phone that rang a million times all while trying to get out the door. I was exhausted before 9:00!

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

Testing Ends - My class is officially done (make-ups and all) with PARCC Testing! I can now resume teaching normally.

Pi Day - I love wearing my Pi shirt, pie necklace, and pie earrings. We did a lot of activities to celebrate the day. My favorite was eating apple pie with my students. Yummy!

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher
I even loved the price...$3.14. I also loved my coworker, Rachel, for getting them for us! Thanks Rachel!

Subtraction Tip - While I was upset with my students for writing down any answer on a quick subtraction review sheet just to get it done, it did remind me of a favorite subtraction with regrouping trick. Have students highlight the larger numbers in a math problem. If the bottom number is larger, the student has to regroup.

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher
So, I have no I idea where the 2 (above the 9) is from, but this student did much better after reteaching.

Sometimes, I forget my favorite strategies for teaching a lesson. This is probably because some things work great for one group of students but not another. 

By the way...if you are undergoing testing, you may want to check out my post on 5 Ways to Survive Standardized Testing.

How was your week?  
What was good and bad for you?

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