Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Standardizing Second Graders

"We can't track in and out of rooms next year because I'm still Jenny from the block."

The above is a direct quote that came out of my mouth today. I believe that it is a reflection of how INSANE school has been since I tracked in last Monday. I first said this to myself in my own head. I am not sure what I was meaning to say to myself but that SO was not it. So I told it to Jen who laughed at me and told me that it didn't make much since when Jenny said it either, so it was okay. :)

Like I said, things have been CR-A-ZY!!! On Monday I had conferences before, during, and after school. Yesterday we had a field trip. Today we had class picture day AND the calculator active math part of this test that they are testing out for second graders in our county to potentially take for next year. Yes, we took a test to test the test to see if we want to give the test. I believe the proper term would be similar to a field test? Ridiculous. Tomorrow is the calculator inactive and the last day of our school week. Praise St. John Baptist de la Salle.

Yes you read correctly, my second graders took a test today with a section called CALCULATOR ACTIVE! We spent all of last week practicing bubbling and sitting still. I also practiced not talking to them, not helping them, talking to them like I was a ROBOT and only supplying them with "equipment." Equipment meaning pencils, tissues, and blank paper. You should check out how Jen spoke to her students about this.

The reading portion last week was BRUTAL! 10 point font, at least 5 passages. My babes had to sit still until they CRIED not because it was hard but BECAUSE THE COULD NOT SIT STILL ANY LONGER!

I really hope they decide that we don't really need a standardized test for our second graders but I think that I hope in vain.

Ick. Ick. Yuck. Even coming from someone who LOVES data, I am dreading this. But I am a team player so I will eventually get over if I need to . . . . . . maybe.

Do any of your counties have standardized test for second graders??????

Also, two great blogs that I follow are throwing a fantastic giveaway. The reward is a $25.00 gift card to anywhere you choose! Pretty awesome huh? Go visit Lisa at Live, Laugh, and Love to Learn to enter!

And, I will leave you with this pic of a couple of my darling sugar smacks at the field trip yesterday. 

Happy Blogging! :)


  1. Oh Casey! I thought I my week was crazy. It really saddens me to think testing is coming to second graders. It sounds like you are doing the EOG in second grade. OH MY! I hope you have a great Easter!

  2. Does sound like a crazy week! I wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting :)

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  3. So this is what I have to look forward to when I track back in...Yikes!

  4. I am not sure why they are doing this to our babies :( but I bet your kids did a great job! We are having ours at the end of this month.
    You deserve a long, relaxing weekend. Have a fantastic Easter.

    My Second Sense

  5. Thanks for the shout-out, Jenny from the Block! That made me laugh at inappropriate times last night, remembering your quote. :)

    Yay!! Testing is done! (for our 2nd graders!) :)
    Hello Mrs Sykes

  6. YOU'VE BEEN TAGGED! Head to my blog to find out what you have to do next!

    Creating & Teaching

  7. Hi Casey,

    So sorry your kiddos were testing guinea pigs!! We also had field testing at our school (just 3rd and 4th grades) last week. I had to test 2 third graders (I am a second grade teacher!!). Yea, it was really painful since their entire test was read aloud.

    I'll be torturing---I mean administering the IOWA test to my sweet 2nd graders Thursday, Friday and Monday! Not quite sure why my Louisiana kiddos need to take the Iowa test, but oh well. What I hate so much is that is is a listening test!!! It is read aloud, but the kids only have answers on their papers, so they can't follow along! So, so, so frustrating--especially when you are reading #2 and little Suzie has the whole page bubbled in!

    Thanks for the giveaway shout out!! :)

    Live Laugh and Love to Learn


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