If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you know that my district is testing right now. Last week we had 3rd & 4th TCAP testing....this week we are doing SAT 10 with K-2. In our school...special areas proctor. Then we have a modified schedule with 40 min. classes instead of hour classes. They are able to do this by taking away our planning time!
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It is what it is though...and we do what we're asked to do! I'm still thankful for where I teach...and believe it is a GREAT place even if I don't enjoy this part much.
Just curious what you all do during testing times?
Specials are asked to proctor at my school as well, but our testing is completed in one week. We dedicate every morning M-F 8:15 - 11:15 to testing only. Specials are cancelled until 11:15 although you always have those teachers asking you to take their kids for art because they finished testing early or they think I've finished testing early!!ReplyDelete
We had SAT-10 last week and TCAP this week. For SAT-10, I proctored, but for the TCAP, I actually give the test to a small group. The classes that usually come to related arts during the times that we've been testing just miss related arts for that week. So we pretty much carry on our same schedule. It works out alright, except for the classes who get behind on their projects. I'll just have them finish next week, while other classes start the new project. It's an odd situation to be in, but it is what it is :)
When we had AIMS testing, all specials teachers had to proctor for two hours every morning, then taught half an hour classes except for our half an hour lunch. Teaching anything productive in half an hour during testing week is nearly impossible.ReplyDelete
We have testing that stretches out over 2 weeks (3 times a year). During these times we see the classes by homeroom vs. art class; but otherwise our bell schedule doesn't change. It takes some planning to accommodate the changes but I try to just do a quick "test week" project. I have also found this a a good time to do collaborative projects that tie into what the classroom teacher is focusing on. Testing is definitely "interesting" and I am blessed that it barely impacts my classroom.ReplyDelete
Our testing lasts anywhere from 3-5 days depending on the grade level. Our special subject teachers are only used as emergency proctors. we test from 9am -11:30 am. All specials are cancelled during that time for the testing grades. I will use the time to work on my school orders for next year and work on developing my SGO's for next year. :)ReplyDelete
They rearrange the schedule and I see all my classes in a different order each day! No proctoring for ME! I am tankful for that!ReplyDelete
We proctor at our school as well, but instead of having specials, the kids got an extra recess, which all the specials teachers supervise. Each grade level got a 20 minute recess, which meant we were outside for about 2 hours at the end of the day. Thankfully, it was a beautiful 3 days. :)ReplyDelete
We prepare for our annual school art exhibit during the 2 weeks. 1400 students = loads of pieces to mount and label. Then we hang it during that period too. I know I am LUCKY to be able to do this. My classes are in addition to our general ed teachers other prep schedule so we have the flexibility to close like this.ReplyDelete
I was asked to be a hallway monitor in the morning for two hours straight. I had the honorable privilege of escorting students to the bathroom. In the afternoon, specials teachers were asked to teach TWO CLASSES AT THE SAME TIME. Yep, two classes came to my room at once, that's over 40 kiddos! They did hire me a sub to teach the other class, but I realized it was a fool's errand to try an have two separate lessons going on in the same space at once. I came up with a solution that had each older student partnering up with a younger student as a "mentor." The two artists were asked to work together on a collaborative piece of art. It ended up being a really great experience for both grade levels, but I'm not going to lie, it was beyond disruptive to my curriculum goals and just about wiped me out by the end of the week.ReplyDelete