Thursday, April 26, 2018

POEM #26- Proficient


four kids
all proficient readers
according to the state test

case study #1
he greets me with a polite, "hello, miss"
then hunkers down 
sideways in his seat
always has a book
always has a next book in mind
regularly reads 30-45 minutes without looking up
doesn't mind chatting with me but
shy about presenting books to peers
completed book log is turned in every week

case study #2
he saunters into class
five minutes late
chooses two or three picture books
bumps noisily against several desks
settles with a few noisy thumps and jostles
chomps gum as he opens book
fingers brush against phone
eyes rove constantly
flips a page
when he sees me watching

case study #3
she flings the locker wide
gestures at the top shelf
five thick library books
stacked spine out
i am reading, she says.
why do i have to fill out a reading log to prove it?

case study #4
identified as gifted
brilliant writer and thinker
high proficient, almost advanced on state tests
reads only if Diary of a Wimpy Kid is available
otherwise, stares blankly into space
or doodles on scratch paper

four kids
all proficient readers

not in my book

(C) Carol Wilcox, 2018


Mary Lee said...

Seems like a couple of them are merely proficient test-takers...

LOVE that ending!

Glenda Funk said...

Amen! I totally agree w/ you and love the way you personalize the generic "proficient readers." I hate standardized tests.