(sung to the tune of On the Twelve Days of Christmas)
On the fourth day of kindergarten, my teacher gave to me
A number two pencil for a benchmark that really frightened me!
Now keep in mind that I am a week behind on all of my posts, so this was the fourth day of school and the first year that we had to give our sweet babies a benchmark in ELA and Math. It was so sad. The ELA was two parts, two days and the Math was one part and an individual part. Many people in the building did comment that they have never seen so many kindergarten students come in crying on the first full week of school before:( That is heartbreaking for me to hear. Of course we told them that this was just something to help us learn what we need to teach and do your best, it doesn't matter if you don't know the answer and all that, but it didn't help. The look of horror on their faces said it all:( This is due to the new APPR regulations that we are following at our school this year.
I would love to hear from other teachers who are going through similar experiences! Good luck to you if you are:)
4 months ago