Full moon nightmare

What she wore: Black dress pants, white long-sleeve tee, forest green tie-front sweater, black leather boots.

Well, anyone who knows me, will eventually discover my hatred of standardized tests.  I don’t like them and they take up more educational time than anything anyone could ever imagine.  Our school will spend a total of ten school days on testing (and we haven’t added a social studies test which will eventually be required by the Federal Government).  This is the time of year where ever person with a teaching credential starts scanning the want ads for something else.  It’s demoralizing and the kids are drained beyond belief when it’s all over.  If you’re still with me at this point, I’ll give you some examples of why this stuff sucks:
  1. One year our school was cited for a teacher having a glass of water on her desk–what this has to do with anything, I don’t know.
  2. Teachers are not allowed to eat mints or chew gum during the test.  Huh?
  3. Last year a teacher was almost fired because students didn’t put their names on their test booklets–not the answer document, but the test booklet which is just going to be destroyed anyway. 
  4. In coveted positions, teachers have accused one another of test impropriety to attempt to steal each other’s jobs (luckily, no one’s gunning for my job–special ed teacher in a low-income school).

And finally, I will leave you with the most ridiculous part of my day.  I’m just going to copy this straight from the test booklet:


In case of a fire, bomb threat, or gas leak:

  1. Note the time
  2. Collect all test booklets and answer documents
  3. Place all materials in test box
  4. Escort students out of room
  5. Lock room

Am I the only one who sees a problem with this??? Anyone???

I’d like to see George W. hold my kids back while the sirens wail and I’m busy saying things like, "now, pass up your booklets, never mind the smoke."


All right.  ‘Nuff said.  You see where I’m coming from.  Hope your day was a little less surreal.




About takedeux

In one summer I had a baby who was hospitalized for five weeks, quit my job, and moved back to my hometown. This blog is about starting over.
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7 Responses to Full moon nightmare

  1. Dennis says:

    I love your articles.  They make me smile, wince or shake my head in wonder.  Guess which reaction I had reading this one. 
    I think a nice enhancement to your blog would be a photograph of "what she wore."  Your clothes always sound so attractive and I love a well dressed teacher. 
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  2. Jeanne-Marie says:

    Interesting. I see school politics are no better then anywhere else. :b

  3. Unknown says:

    Who could have possibly written the 5 for In case of….  Is there really a need to lock the door, only to be blown off by a bomb or burned down by a fire.  But by GOSH it was locked!!!   Try to have a good day!!

  4. Jaysey says:

    Yup–everyone in the classrooms hate them, and yet those in power (who coincidentally do NOT hold degrees in education or teach in classrooms with actual students) keep insisting we have them.  In no other profession, do people who have no idea what they\’re talking about purport to tell those who do what to do and how as they do in education.  <sigh>  I feel your pain, KM…may it pass quickly.

  5. Dennis says:

    I think you should reconsider the photos of the oufits.  Can we negotiate this?

  6. barnyardmama says:

    EZ–I don\’t know how I would take picture of my outfit, and then I think you\’d be disappointed to see me bedraggled first thing in the morning trying to get my As$ out the door on time.  Believe me, this one is best left to the imagination. . .

  7. Carol says:

    I don\’t know anyone who is a fan of NCLB.  My youngest daughter\’s school used to take a lot of field trips.  NO MORE!  They need the extra classroom time to make up for the days lost to testing.  I guess visiting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra or the Art Institute is less relevant to education than sitting in a classroom filling in ovals with a #2 pencil.

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