Another year, another round of standardized testing. Over the past two days students trotted into brick gilded buildings across the state and broke the seals on booklets of testing material to determine their level of academic achievement. I do not take these days lightly, but I also do not add to the burden of their mandatory assessment. I cooked breakfast burritos for kids who came hungry, and played fun games before the test to get them in a positive mood.
But once the test begins and furious bubbling of answers ensues, what do teachers think about for four mind-numbing hours?
As I pace the room, actively monitoring the testing, I have to keep myself from dying of absolute boredom. Therefore, I come up with something to occupy my mind. Last year it was how to build a water catchment system for my home. The year before it was creating schematics for a permanent magnet motor to solve the world’s energy problems (which never left the ridiculous design phase, of course). This year, it was pondering the objectives I will need to reteach before my students are ready for next year: subject-verb agreement, run-ons, eliminating redundancies, etc.
So fellow educators, what occupies your mind during those testing days? Post in the comments below.