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Old 05-08-2019, 05:33 PM
 
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I haven't posted in a long long time. We took our ELA state test a few weeks ago and the scores are in. I have 7 behavior issues in my class. No sooner do I get one calmed down then another blows up. By blowing up I mean; kicking chairs, throwing books/white boards, screaming, tears, tearing up paper, hiding in the cubbies, yelling, screaming...all have happened in my room a lot. The extreme behavior doesn't happen daily but there's always something. I have good management and have been teaching for years. I've always been distinguished in management. I get the kids calmed down and we continue learning but it's like we take two steps forward and three steps back.

So our scores came back and mine were low! Thinking about my class, it's obvious to me that the behaviors of a few have negatively impacted the learning of others. Those "bubble kids" who I normally get up to passing didn't this year. I can't help but to think that they would've passed if we weren't constantly interrupted with the behaviors.

I don't get much support from my admin. When I told him that my scores weren't going to be good because of the behaviors (told him several times throughout the year) he poo-pood my concerns and said he didn't believe me because "you're a great teacher and you'll get those kids where they need to be."

Well now he wants to have me buddy up with a peer who got better scores to help me improve. Those peers who have better scores all admit freely that they don't have the extreme behaviors that I do this year. (the specialist teachers all agree that my class is the worst and that none of them can control my class. They are amazed that I can get any teaching done at all)

I'm all for self reflection to help improve my practice but honestly these scores are reflective of the extreme behaviors. (yes the counselor has worked with them and yes there are ieps for social/emotional, 3 of the 7 are in outside therapy, 1 was retained due to behaviors in first grade, 3 are in friendship groups.) I even had one parent pull her child from the school because the child was fed up with waiting for the other kids to be quiet or pay attention.

I'm just feeling really low. To top that off, we use i-ready for diagnostics. They have been pretty accurate in predicting who will pass the state test. My fall i ready diagnostic predicts that only 33% of my class will pass the math state test. Fall data, so before I have taught anything, I've already failed.

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I'm sorry. I do know the feeling!
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If it makes you feel any better your experience backs up research and your admin should have known it was coming according to this scientific data backed study

https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2...inclusion.html

SO I would take this "buddy" situation with a grain of salt.

Your test scores are what research said they would be- but the problem is that no one in admin seems to want to acknowledge it. I started a thread about it here:
http://www.proteacher.net/discussion...d.php?t=616740

I believe that all children, regardless of disability-including behavioral disabilities, has a fundamental right to an education. However we need to be doing something to mitigate these students effect on the learning of their peers. We need to keep struggling student out of the classes that have multiple students with behavior disabilities. And if we arent going to do that then we need to not judge student growth in these classes like they have equal access to high instruction and no additional barriers to learning.
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I hate all the emphasis being placed on test scores, which should just be seen as a snapshot of performances on any given day. We also are not miracle workers, and many times, the kids are not invested in doing their best on the test no matter what we try to do to motivate them. I had kids who claimed they were done after 15 minutes last year, claimed they checked their work, and their was nothing I could do except let them exit the test screen.

It also is disheartening how oblivious your principal is to your student population in your class, and how he could go from praising you for being a great teacher, to one who needs a buddy to support you. Shame on him.

This whole optic of evaluating students and teachers by over-emphasis on data and testing makes me so glad I retired. I hope you can reflect and celebrate your successes. Sometimes, just making it through the year with a tough class and little support is success enough. I am so glad that I never saw the scores on my last class, including the student who finished so quickly.
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Well now he wants to have me buddy up with a peer who got better scores to help me improve. Those peers who have better scores all admit freely that they don't have the extreme behaviors that I do this year. (the specialist teachers all agree that my class is the worst and that none of them can control my class. They are amazed that I can get any teaching done at all)
Your admin doesn't get it. You deserve more support.

State testing doesn't usually measure progress, and that's what is really important. Sorry you're feeling low.


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I have so been where you’re at. For about the last four years at my previous district, I always got “that class.” The class that other teachers feel bad for you because you got them. Anyway, it totally makes a difference in scores. Keep your chin up, the year’s almost over. BTW, having you pair up with a peer is crap. How about they just split them equally? Now, there’s a thought.
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