"School days, school days,
Dear old golden rule days.
Readin' and writin' and 'rithmetic ..."
Will Cobb and Gus Edwards
DAY 123: For the next couple of months, our teaching lives are consumed with the FCAT (the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test), one of those ludicrously high-stake State standardized tests that seem to be the be-all-and-end-all of EVERYTHING that's done in a school these days. This morning, I was a "back-up proctor" for the first testing - the Writing portion. Last night, I got a message from our Test Coordinator saying that one of the regular proctors was sick and I would need to fill in for her. Yippee ...
I got to school this morning and discovered to my delight that the regular proctor made it to work after all and that I wouldn't have to sub for her. So, instead of proctoring a full class of testing 10th graders in someone else's classroom, I got to test a SINGLE student in MY room (an ESOL student who had accommodations to test on her own). You BET I was grateful!