Tuesday, February 4, 2014

It was a mind numbing day!

Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" 
to the Tuesday Slice of Life sponsored by 
Two Writing Teachers.

We're doing something new this year - reading screenings in 6th grade.  It's something I've begged for ever since I started teaching at this grade level in middle school.  I always "kind of knew" where my students were in reading, but I never had data to back up my assumptions.  Now we find ourselves in the position of administering a screening tool to students from both of our blocks in one day, three times a year.  The district brings in subs for the day and we pull our students out of classes to complete the screenings.  I like that I was able to screen all of my own students this time, but talk about mind-numbing!  I'm not sure how elementary school teachers do this.  I want to create a fractured tale from the three samples our students read.  I know I can't, but it appeals to the writer in me.  It's certainly something to keep me chuckling as I listen to 50+ renditions of the same stories.  How about it?  How do you keep your sanity when administering the same assessment tool over and over and over and over and over? 


  1. You can't possibly remain mentally intact in that situation!!!! Elementary teachers tend to space out...but then at MOST they have 5-6 kids on the same level!!!!!!!!!!!! Good luck!

  2. Oh my, I don't see how you kept going, Ramona! Unless we really think there's a problem, we only do informal readings, a few at a time. At least I hope this was helpful!

  3. I'd lose my mind, Ramona! And that passage will no doubt be going over and over again in your mind for weeks now...:(

  4. Yikes! I can't imagine the same passage for every student in one day. I hope your brain gets a bit of a rest now.