February is normally a stress-filled month. Every year since I began teaching we’ve had testing the first week in March. This year there is no ISAT test the first week of March and it’s made for a wonderful and strange month. Over the years I developed strategies for preparing my students for the ISAT tests (not prepping them) that minimized the impact on our day to day. But since school started back up in January I haven’t given testing more that a fleeting moment of a flicker of a thought.
In fact the only thought I’ve given to it is wondering if we will even be taking the PARCC test this year. No one seems to know. Chicago is in a battle to not take the tests citing that the schools aren’t technology ready. The federal and state government aren’t happy. Will we? Won’t we? Who knows?
At any rate we’ve done nothing to test prep. I’m confident my students are as prepared for the challenge as they should be because I’ve been teaching hard all year long and honestly, that should be enough.
For now, I will enjoy it; focus on getting myself back to weekly slicing and getting my students prepared to take the month long slice of life challenge. That seems like a much more worthy use of my time.