09 March 2009

I'm brain dead

And I haven't done ANYTHING all morning long. Today was one of my days to administer the graduation exam. They delayed the call-in bell just a few minutes so that all of the test administrators and proctors could get the materials and get to the classroom. Distributing the test materials takes a few minutes for each person because the test administrator has to count the test booklets and the answer documents to make sure the numbers match what the building test coordinator wrote on the delivery/receipt form. Once testing has finished for a particular group, we have to recount to make sure we are turning in the same number of materials that we took from the "secure location." (I love saying things like that. It sounds so "official." LOL)

The actual testing didn't get started until 8:25. After 90 minutes, the students get a brief restroom break, and then they begin testing again for another 90 minutes. For the entire time that students are testing, the administrators and proctors can do nothing except walk around the room. Talk about BOOOORRRRRRIIIIIINNNNNGGGGGG. The last student in the group I was testing finished up just after 11:00. I took the materials down and got back to my room just as the principal announced that the remaining students would be consolidated to complete testing. It took about another 20 minutes to get that taken care of because each test administrator has to complete a consolidation form with the name of the student(s) and the number of the test booklet. The teacher who is then going to be the test administrator for the remainder of testing has to verify the information.

I am SO glad that I am not "important" enough to be the building test coordinator. I wouldn't sleep at all the week before or the week of testing. It's always an administrator or a counselor who gets that distinguished (cough, cough) job.

Fortunately, I don't have to do anything test related for the next two days. Tomorrow will be heavenly because I won't have a class until 1:34. I'm going to find a nice quiet--hidden--location and finish up the last minute grading I need to do.

Today and tomorrow my juniors are watching The Great Gatsby. We finished reading it Friday, so now they get to watch it. Wednesday and Thursday my seniors have presentations, and they are getting to have their Medieval Festival. We don't have parties here, but if there is some way to incorporate food into a unit, we can do that. LOL They have to bring foods that would have been eaten during Medieval time--roast chicken, fish, eggs, fruit, cheese. It usually turns out to be a pretty good spread. Somebody always asks if they can bring mead to drink, though. hahaha

OK...I've started to come back to life. I need to go to the library and get Gatsby and get it ready for my darlings.

Have a GREAT Monday!



I was going to blog about this....LOL. What a loooonnnnnggggg and boring day!. Reminds me of the Beatles song....The Long and Winding Road....only in our case it is the Long and Boring Day! BTW....I love my word verification code today....it was all it....LOL...that is what I am feeling...

Anonymous said...

Ya'll said it! I felt like a rat in a cage!!! Trina, sorry I had to ask ya to keep em quiet (I couldn't believe we still had that many left taking it!)--it took forever for us to consolidate. Heck, I wanted to run screaming through the halls after they let us go! :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, that was me, Laura G. Ha!

NucMEd is Hot said...

The simple thought of sitting or administrering a test like that makes my skin crwl, you are a good woman

Ms. Marty said...

I must agree with all these comments. Please see my comment to Karen and just ditto it for you. Good teachers are never fully appreciated. I, for one, appreciate them not just because you are one, but because having been in the school sytem so long, I saw the work and effort that was put into a normal day. And goodness knows, testing days/weeks are anything but normal.

Alexis AKA MOM said...

I LOVE that book and the movie was ok, books always better! Ok now I read the 1st comment and have that Beatles song in my head!

Sounds like a packed day! Take a little rest :)

Tracy said...

My son is taking is exit exams this week also, I'm hoping he does well!

You had asked where our antique booths were, they're in Vernon at Falkners. It is located right behind the courthouse there in Vernon, if you're ever in the that area you'll have to check it out. It's a really big place. I have a link to their website on my blog, it's over on the right side of my blog.

Dixie our new puppy is doing good. She really isn't eating like I hoped she would. She just got spayed Monday so we thought she just may not be feeling all well from going through that, but this morning she didn't eat but a few little bites either. She is drinking water so hopefully everything will be ok.
Amazingly her and our cat are getting along pretty good. Our inside cat (Sara) doesn't like anything or anyone different. Well the first day when we walked in the back door with Dixie , Sara just walked right up to her and meowed. It was sweet, it was like she was saying welcome to our home. :-)

Ok...I've gotta get on the ball so I'll hush my yacking for now.
Hope you have a good day.

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