Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Badass Teachers Association Blog: Musings On test Taking by Grumpy Old Teacher

Badass Teachers Association Blog: Musings On test Taking by Grumpy Old Teacher

Musings On test Taking by Grumpy Old Teacher

Originally posted at Grumpy Old Teacher

It’s that time of year: testing. For GOT, it’s the most boring time as he must watch students work without actually seeing that work, maintain a hawk-like scrutiny of computer screens to make sure students are not exiting the test to look up answers without actually observing what is on the screen (strictly forbidden for a proctor to actually read a test question), and otherwise spend hours doing absolutely nothing except reading a sentence out of the test manual at the prescribed times.
GOT has some observations to share:
  • Based on the number of students GOT has to wake up, there is something soporific about sitting in a hard plastic chair staring at a screen. If tests are ever eliminated, the manufacturers will find a new market in the sleep aid category.
  • Teachers can fix their low salary problem by selling pencils to students. The number who show up unprepared! And it’s not only for tests, it’s every day that children arrive in class without the supplies needed: pens, paper, and the like. In the moment, it’s a seller’s market.
  • Deafness will mark this new generation. After listening to ear-pounding music every second they are awake, they won’t reach 40 with their hearing intact.
  • States make many graduation requirements. Most of them are unnecessary, but GOT would like to add one. No student may graduate without going into the CONTINUE READING: Badass Teachers Association Blog: Musings On test Taking by Grumpy Old Teacher

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