GWALP responds: I went to a state university an hour away from home. it took 4.5 years (student teaching was the extra leg), but I had a blast. I learned a lot, challenged myself, was challenged by everything and everyone, made good friends, had amazing opportunities, learned to live on my own, and then took it all back to my hometown.
I did basically the same thing, except it was a small private liberal arts school. I loved my college. I loved MOST of the courses I took. I made great friends. I got a journal article presented at a conference with two of my professors. I had lots of experience in the classroom teaching lessons before student teaching and felt wholly supported.
MY mind is BLOWN!
You should probably all give me your phone numbers so that I can text you when I feel like it.
But moving forward as they decide how to evaluate the grades or subjects without tests, I am concerned they will use the VPK test (new this past year) as part of the Pre-K teacher’s tests. On the whole, it was developmentally inappropriate and tested skills that are kindergarten and first grade (standards). On the oral language part of the test, which was around 14 questions, one of the pictures was of a hockey team. Students could not just say hockey to get it right. They had to say hockey team. My students on the whole didn’t speak any English in the year, at what point would teaching them about hockey been relevant to their lives or our curriculum. With so few questions in each section, that was a big hit. I think they should use the EVT and the PPVT. They evaluate expressive and receptive language skills. With the exception of one student, all of my students made more than 8 point gains which is the expectation of growth after one school year. In fact, some made over 30 point gains. But if I am judged on the standardized tests, that growth won’t matter.
File under : good news for PPT.
It’s official: Girl Meets World will premiere on the Disney Channel in 2014.
All together now: UNDAPANTS!
That’s too far away. I want it now!
I belong with you
You belong with me
In my sweet home!