Saturday, October 20, 2012

1st Week of NECAP Done!

We finished the first week of NECAP testing with students and I have to say- thank goodness only one week left to go! The students are taking this seriously, which is great, but some are becoming completely stressed out. I had a student about to cry because of the stress she was feeling with the test. What are we doing to our students that this occurs? Are we pushing the test too much? Are we putting too much pressure on our students when we discuss the tests and how much we want them to try for their best? Or is this really an issue with the standardized testing overall, thus being a state/government issue? I am not sure, except that I hate seeing my students upset, frustrated, and not wanting to come to school due to these tests. One more week and we can go back to a regular schedule and actually having teaching time with our students!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

ACTEM Training

I am attending ACTEM training in Augusta to learn about how I can integrate technology into my classroom even more. It is great to see everything out there, but how can we financially get there and how do we train everyone? I am interested in trying to find grant money or donors that are willing to support the classroom for such products as EnoFlex or a Vaddio Camera. If you do not know what these are then check them out online- it is amazing! I am missing my students and my own boys with the training. I have checked in with both of them, and all seems to be going well (I hope it continues!).

Okay on a side note- I hate it when there are know-it-all's in class. How annoying! Another teacher continually would answer the questions directed at me or even interrupt me when I was talking. She was older and very presumptuous!