Why Words are Greater Than Numbers

Last Thursday I left school extremely disappointed. And discouraged. And crabby. And...well...you get the idea. Last Thursday was...STAR testing. At the risk of boring you, let me tell you a little bit about STAR testing. According to its technical manual, the purpose of STAR is to progress monitor students' skills. And up until last Thursday, that's precisely…

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies and a Poem (But not a poem about Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies.)

Last week was Badger testing at my school...the Badger test is Wisconsin's Smarter Balanced Assessment. Despite what the name implies, it's not a test about Badgers. (Although the 6th grade team I work with, did think it would be entertaining to create a test about badgers. We're kinda funny that way. You know...with questions like "How many eyes…