9 Apr

Even though I was administering the ELA test, yesterday’s first session of state testing was all about Math for me.

Six sets of headphones. Until a student pulled one set out of the bag and the headphone jack fell off. 6-1=5. Five sets of headphones.

I teach at a more affluent school than I used to. At my old elementary school, we tested in a lab and each computer had its own headset. We wiped them down between tests.

My current school – a middle school – most kids have earbuds and everyone has a Chromebook, so we test in our rooms and kids are supposed to bring their own earbuds. Of course they didn’t. They’re middle schoolers and it was a Monday! Hence, my SBAC Math test.

Five sets of headphones + 8 students with hands up needing to borrow a pair = lots of juggling and wiping of earbuds for me.

I hope they all remember their headphones the rest of the week.




5 Responses to “SBAC Math”

  1. Anita Ferreri April 9, 2019 at 6:51 am #

    They are still kids and it was a Monday and they were there….I do hope you have less juggling the rest of the week!

  2. arjeha April 9, 2019 at 7:08 am #

    Earbuds for a test – easily forgettable. Earbuds for music to listen to when they shouldn’t – always there. Middle schoolers are unique. You gotta love them.

  3. natashadomina April 9, 2019 at 7:55 am #

    I love the math equations you include in your writing! They add humor to what is not always the most fun part of the year. 🙂

  4. Lisa Corbett April 9, 2019 at 6:51 pm #

    Headphones are a major stressor for me! Next year I’m thinking I’ll spend my class budget on providing them for the kids.

  5. Brian Rozinsky April 9, 2019 at 8:19 pm #

    Do the math. Still have the problem. That hardly seems fair!

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