Thursday, March 7, 2019
SLICE #7- FEELING LIKE A TOTAL FAILURE
I should not be a teacher.
I do not know what I'm doing.
It all has to do with tests.
Our kids have to take a test about a month before our state's blessed event.
It's supposed to be a predictor of what students will do on the state test.
My students took it yesterday.
And they did horribly.
One of my students read the Life of Pi earlier this year.
He wasn't proficient.
Another one of my students reads three books a week.
She wasn't proficient.
Nor was my Harry Potter lover.
Or three of the five kids who get pulled out for GT every week.
And now I'm wondering what I'm doing wrong.
I believe in Reading and Writing Workshop.
I believe kids should have time and choice and rich conversations.
And yet I really don't know what to do with the information I got today.
And I'm feeling like a total failure.
And more than a little panicky about next month.