Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Bad News


It's district writing assessment time!

Four times a year, the district requires all the kiddos write an essay on a given topic. Each grade level is assigned a prompt and is given articles (and sometimes videos) to use as sources.

They've been doing this a couple years now, so the kiddos are used to the procedure. (And I've covered this a few times, so I'm used to the procedure as well.)

I was at the continuation high school. It was day two. (They get three days to write.)

Period one went much as I expected. I had to keep after kiddos who kept talking.

Period two went a bit better on the talking front. However, well, this is what I wrote in the note:
The good news: They stayed pretty quiet and I didn't have to keep after them whispering...
The bad news: ...because most of them were sleeping, so I had to keep waking them up. 
Although, to be fair, it was the week after the time change. I was dragging myself. However, I'm sure we would have had a similar issue even without Daylight Saving.

23 comments:

  1. God bless you for giving them the benefit of the doubt.

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  2. Do they wake up easily?

    betty

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  3. I'm glad that kids are still required to write. I read something that I thought was sad in the paper the other day. Goldman Sachs (apparently) is really looking for employees that can actually write. The C.E.O. said that there are too many people graduating from college these days with absolutely no skill in writing. They can't string two sentences together and make them coherent. Weird, right? He said, "Liberal Arts degrees are important, and we need to encourage people to get them."

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    1. As a liberal arts degree person, I'm heartened to read this.

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    1. It was. Schools are pushing good writing more these days.

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  5. I wish I could sleep during the day. I would have slept in school all the time. I was always so tired...

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  6. Is the topic they write on given to them? Is it given according to grades as to what they get? Sleeping...oh I wished I could blame me being tired on that! Anyway....you are correct on the having to rest before getting back into things but I will write on that tomorrow. :)

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    1. They are given a prompt and three to four articles on the topic to use as sources. And each grade level gets its own topic, although this time the 11th grade question seemed harder than the 12th grade.

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  7. One year I was chosen to be one of teachers who read the 4th grade writing and score them. They were hilarious. Upper levels? Not so sure.

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    1. I always wonder how they turn out. I rarely get a glimpse of them.

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  8. Oh sleep...I understand and wish they would get rid of DST. I’m glad they are writing even if they are a bit unwilling.

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    1. It'll get easier the longer they do this. Since they do it district-wide, the longer they do it, the more used to it each successive class is to it.

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  9. Oh my goodness. You should have banged loudly on something. Or dropped a book on the floor!

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    1. Oooh... That's a thought. Although, they'd probably just go right back to sleep after.

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  10. I loved writing essays back in school. My 2 oldest daughters love them, as well, but my youngest hates them.

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    1. Alas, I only hear from the ones who hate them ;)

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  11. I'd much rather write than sleep. ~grin~

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    1. Well, these kids... I've written about their lack of work ethic before.

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  12. This reminds me ... During my teaching assignments, when I see students chatting while I am teaching, I tell them, sleep if you want, but don't talk.

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    1. I'm with you there. Them talking while I'm talking drives me up a wall.

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  13. LOL oh dear. That's too funny but yeah I can see the time change knocking ya down a bit.

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