Thursday, November 17, 2011
Reading test today: 45 kids-1 A, 2 Bs, 15 Cs…Can you figure out the rest?????
We even did a scavenger hunt review game (again) before the test where I reworded the test questions and had them find the part in the story that…..
Guess that didn’t help either. One of my students finished their test in 6 minutes. I am not lying. Made a 53. Maybe we need to S.L.O.W. down and R.E.A.D. the questions and T.H.I.N.K. about our choices. 🙂
Anyway-I talked to another teacher in our district about this test on this particular story, and she said her kids grades took a nosedive with this one, too. So I feel MUCH better. Well, not really.
My kids just are not used to thinking at a higher level-they are used to the tests in this reading series being modified for them so they can pass and make good grades. I don’t want to modify the tests for them to pass. I want to modify their thinking. So we’re going to keep plugging away with what we are doing, but I’m going to add small group instruction to the mix. (Hopefully) 🙂
I’m thinking about moving the reading test to Fridays so that I can get in 4 full days of instruction with it. I’m also thinking of dropping spelling and part of my english and replacing it with authentic writing (which they are not really getting a lot of right now).
OK-gotta go and catch up with my 2 online classes. Already helped my daughter with her outline for her research paper. (FUN) Talk to you tomorrow! Frrriiiiddddaaaayyyyyy! 🙂