We post about our biggest high and lowest low of January. So, here I go!!
(I believe in bad news first!)
My low was when I sat down to try to plan out everything I needed to still teach in math, science, and social studies before THE TEST and I realized I was tragically far behind where I should be to get it all in. Since our 4th graders have to pass ALL portions of the test (reading, language arts, math, science, and social studies), their promotion to 5th grade is in my hands (well....it's also in their hands but if I haven't taught it, that's my fault). I'm very stressed about this but trying to take it a day at a time. All I can do is my very best...I hope it's enough.
I just finished all of my Fountas and Pinnell reading running records TODAY! Oh my, it took forever. BUT, it took FOREVER (and a day) because ALL of my students went up MULTIPLE levels. I was seriously worried at the beginning of the year and when I started running records Jan. 3rd I was terrified they wouldn't have moved at all because those stories are tough. For the kids to have to think beyond the text was the hardest part (making inferences) and I was just worried. But, they all did really well and I am so proud of them!!!!! I have to meet with my principal soon, so I am so glad to be able to share good news!!! Now, this is not to say they are all on grade level, but they all made growth, which is all I wanted!!
*Disclaimer- I had only one student who did not make growth, but his father died in November and then he was out of school for 2 months. Right now I am just trying to be his consistent support system and give him lots of love while his home life is in great turmoil. He is 11 and on a first grade level so we just take one day at a time and I try not to overwhelm him.*
Head over to Katie's blog and link up! This is a great way for us to support each other!! Cyber high fives and shoulders to cry on help us all get through another day!!!