Ugh, I'm so irritated with my two classes right now! I gave a practice EOG today and used the state's scales to show what achievement level they would be on. Overall, most kids stayed on the same level they earned last year, although a couple showed growth, and a few slipped (lows 2s to 1s), ( 3s to 2s) and (4s to 3s). I had EC kids move from 1s to 2s and one from a 1 to a 3! I couldn't believe how many CARELESS mistakes the majority of kids made. I feel most of them could've done a lot better if they actually answered the question being asked, bubbled in the answers, bubbled in the answer they circled in the book instead of a different letter on the answer sheet! Seriously? I feel like some just don't care, like they know that the district isn't gonna fail them even if they blow it off (and they're right). The rest, I know (because I've taught them all year) just don't want to think the problem through. They know the skills, they can do the math, but they just want problem-solving spoon fed to them. I've told them that I'm like their personal trainer, I can show them how to do a push up, I can coach them through their push up, I can cheer them on while they do a push up, I can scaffold them through the push up, but I cannot do their push up for them. And it's like they want the push up done for them. I had kids who should've made 4s, make 3s. I had kids who should've made 3s, make 2s--and it's just due to not thinking it through. We've done word problems all year long, many of which were different variations of the SAME word problems they saw today. I've reiterated, reiterated, reiterated, done word problems with them EVERY DAY. Anyone have any advice on how to get them focused and take the EOG seriously? Next year I'm transferring to social studies, my original certification area, and it can't come soon enough!