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?