I cannot believe that it is already the end of the first quarter! I am glad to say that I managed to input my grades and finish the IEP report cards well before they were due! I am starting to feel the effects of way too many things going on at once in my classroom and I really think my students are starting to feel it too.
Last week we took yet another standardized assessment. This one is a new one for us; it is based on the new Common Core State Standards. I really have mixed feelings on the assessment. I understand that my school district is trying to get a baseline for where the students are performing on the new Common Core State Standards. But is it fair to expect students to do really well on an exam revolving around standards that they are not being taught and to which the curriculum is not yet aligned?