Report card testing is usually encouraging, sometimes surprising, always enlightening, and once in a while quite entertaining. Such was the case this week.
One of my students has made remarkable progress this year. She went from seldom following directions, often ignoring me, and barely understanding half of what we were doing to reading a book to me yesterday and passing her report card test with very little hesitation. And the sentences she wrote yesterday afternoon were outstanding! So proud of her.
Another of my students surprised me, but not in a good way. One of the concepts we have worked on since September is still beyond his grasp and I can’t seem to get through to him. Still pondering some alternate ways to explain it.
One of the more amusing aspects of testing is asking my students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. I think I’m saying it clearly each morning. I think we have read it. I think they understand it. But the recitations vary from unintelligible to hilarious. One child combined the pledge with something she has heard in church and came up with “one nation, under God, blessed and forever”. I think I like that better!
Of course the goal of this quarter’s testing is to analyze each student’s progress and figure out how to “tweak” them in the next nine weeks so they will be ready for first grade. Clearly some of my students need a lot more tweaking than others. Lots more work ahead of us!