Tuesday, February 20, 2007

A State (Test) of Insanity

It’s another state mandated skills and knowledge test week. Don’t ask me which tests these are. We have these so often that it’s pointless to keep track. It would be like organizing your pennies. I mean it could be science and math, English and history, the practice test for science and math, the practice test for science and math, or field test versions of each or some of the tests.

One of the worst things is that I’ll be getting a crop of students, who I’ve never encountered before. Think about it; I’ve been working about six months with my kids and through vigilant behavior education during that time has made them bearable. Yes, I’m saying that my students playing the penis game in class is bearable. Trust me, there’s a completely different version of that game they could be playing.

With these test kids coming in, gone are months of positive reinforcement, gone are steadfastly upheld classroom policies, gone are behavior-determining routines. Instead, I get a bunch of kids who don’t know what is expected; therefore, they will bring it upon themselves to act how they think they should.

Essentially, what I’m saying is this:

They divide these kids up alphabetically, and I typically am stuck with the alpha Jack-a-ninny through Perverted.

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