1. I'm returning to school today----
2. Tomorrow I'll be at a teacher training. I'm still planning to attend. On a positive note, I'll see old friends and we'll talk about, yes, CST scores! Ahem, at those trainings, I avoid sitting next to teachers that constantly brag about their progeny's successes.
3. On Friday I'll return to school----just to set up my classroom. A promise to self: avoid teacher friends and any discussion about CST scores!
4. Next Monday: the school year starts, officially. Lots and lots of meetings on that day about, yes, our CST scores and about how we are going to improve them next year.
5. On Tuesday: more and more meetings about CST Scores . The principal would probably do some scolding for not meeting the API and AYP on the CST Scores. She'll remind us that fourth grade teachers are the best! (At this point in my career, the only thing worth giving a fuck is student learning and NOT about fourth grade teachers).
6. On Wednesday, gulp, students officially start school. The first day of school is bitter sweet. I'm happy to see fresh new second graders in my classroom, but I can't help missing my previous students.
The CST scores are up on the internet. I promise Homeland Security won't be after you if you see our scores. I am a public employee, therefore, my CST scores are available to the public (
Good luck finding me.
Oh, and my students did very well on the CST. I'm so proud of them! For your information, I had a bunch of bright students, but with major behavior issues,
(I haven't seen Waiting For Superman, but I was told about the scene at the beginning of this video clip. I don't support Charter Schools, but I DO support effective schools and effective teachers).