Saturday, May 23, 2015

Six Word Saturday

Advance! Once more into the garden!

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Both the physical one outside and the one in my heart and soul.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Value added model - phooey

OK, we give a pretest in the fall and then the same test in the fall and the difference in scores shows what the student learned. We are to aim for a 30 percent increase EXCEPT that it is measured in what I consider an odd way. To my way of thinking, if Amy earned a 30 on the pretest and a 40 on the test, she has achieved a 30% growth.


If she earned a 30 on the pretest, that leaves 70 to make a 100. 30% of 70 is 21, so Amy would need to earn a 51 (30 + 21) to achieve a 30% growth.

Obviously, the higher your initial score, the less you have to make on the post test for growth, so this is scewed against the low achievers.

What bunk.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Six word Saturday

Another beautiful day in the garden.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Six word Saturday

A beautiful day for weeding the garden.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Another milestone passed

Great weekend. A college graduation - followed by lots of celebration.

Another milestone achieved.

Driving around the campus today, i saw a group of cheerleaders posing, 1 taking pictures of the other 3. I offered to take pictures of all 4 - they were thrilled. Such a little thing.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Six Word Saturday

Rainy - perfect day for spring cleaning!

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Out with the old, in with the new.

Mostly, out with the old.

The futility of it all

The state heads into its end of year testing next week.

Everything is going to be on line.

We already know it is going to have problems.

The teachers were told a while back that the scores will not be back before late summer, so they cannot count for the students. We would be living in a fool's paradise to believe the students do not already know this.

Ditto if we think they are going to give the tests their best effort.

Some will, most won't (if they know it doesn't count).

The scores will somehow be used in our evaluations - as part of the value added model.

I put a lot of effort into teaching - taking the time to verify what has to be covered, matching my instruction to the district tests (so they have seen the kinds of questions - not the exact question), creating work to be used to raise their grades if they do poorly on the tests.

As we near the end of the year the teachers are being told to come up with MORE work so the darlings WHO HAVE NOT TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF ANYTHING ELSE will have the opportunity to pass.

And the kids wonder (if they think at all) why the teachers know the material at so much more depth.

I did have a student yesterday (one who matches the description above) that he felt teachers should be tested every year or so to make sure they knew the material.

Bless their hearts.