What She Wore: jean capris, grey LSU t-shirt, grey and purple slip-on tennis shoes. It’s was too freakin’ hot for capris–I should have worn a skirt or something.
Today was really exausting and I’m getting ready to hit the sack, but I wouldn’t want to leave anyone hanging.
Overall, our school’s progress in math was 2% which sounds terrible. We’re supposed to increase 10% a year. The thing is, though, they only count how many kids "pass" the test each year. Last year 15% passed, and this year 17% passed.
Our kids do abysmal every year. So many were languishing in the lowest category that the idea that they would leap forward twenty or thirty points wasn’t really realistic.
Mr. K and I poured over each individual score and compared it to last year. I’d estimate that 90% of our kids had a score increase. Of particular excitement for me were my two dyslexic kids. This year, we read the test to them (which is an approved modification on the math test) and they both tripled their scores from last year. We are over the moon with excitement. This may not be a huge victory for some, but math is an uphill battle. Each year builds on the next and most of our kids come to us not able to recite their multiplication tables, unable to use fractions or decimals, and hopelessly lost with regards to geometry. Not too shabby for two people who never taught math before.
Like I told Mr. K., "I’ll take it!"
PS: One regular diet coke today and about one caffeine free one. I yawn all the time, but I’m not going to die.
PPS: My school has two programs: regular and afternoon. The afternoon program is sort of like electives: athletics, gifted and talented, art, dance. The afternoon director asked me if I wanted to teach a reading class one period a day for kids who are drastically behind. It might help me line up some kind of part time gig in the future (if I’m interested). It will pay about $100/week which isn’t bad for an hour’s work each day. Yay!