So Much Pressure....

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  1. KinderCowgirl

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    Maybe it's changing grade levels, maybe that the expectations for me are really high right now, maybe because I haven't been feeling up to par physically--but for some reason this year I feel under constant pressure and I'm really starting to get stressed out. Our district is in the midst of an overhaul by a new Super and that's putting a lot of pressure on our admins, so I guess it's just trickling down. We had reading and math assessments from the district that we had to administer; then fill in scantrons for (colored in over 800 dots in 2 days). Our lesson plans are due the Thurs. before the following week-which makes me feel like I'm constantly having to work on planning, instead of having the weekend to get it done, like we used to.

    Now we are administering a reading inventory called TPRI which we are supposed to have a 2-week window for, but they want it done in 3 days. It takes about 45 mins. per kid (it's a one-on-one assessment)-there aren't even that many hours in a day:dunno:. It's rushed because we have to give another math/reading assessment next week (scantrons again), plus we don't have enough palm pilots that work for all the grades to give it at once. My head is just spinning. I feel like we haven't been able to teach anything substantial yet and we have progress reports due in a few weeks, with grades expected.

    Anyway, I guess I'm just venting. There are other teachers who also feel this way-so it's not just me (I actually envy the new teachers, because they don't know any different :)). It hasn't always been like this, I guess it will just take some getting used to. I have always loved my job, loved teaching-somehow the joy is just getting zapped out of it this year. (sigh).
     
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  3. texteacher

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    Oh I feel the TPRI pain. I've been trying to find time to test the kids but it's not been easy. So far only one of my students has actually been able to read the stories. Tragic. I'm pretty sure when it's all said and done that she'll be the only kid out of my 20 who will be able to read those stories. It's not possible to do first graders in 3 days. When I was in second grade, if I really managed it well and had my students do a lot of independent work, I could get it done in 3 days, but this first grade test is sooo involved. Good luck getting it all done!
     
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    We haven't used TPRI in three years.
    We use an online program called Istation.
     
  5. KinderCowgirl

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    We use istation too, but TPRI is a requirement.

    texteacher-it's something isn't it. And then if they can't read the passage we read it to them ask the questions and what do they go to, another passage-which guess what, they can't read. I have only had a handful be able to read it and far less actually comprehend. I have one reader that scored 123 wpm-however answered half the questions wrong.

    Thanks for your responses guys!
     
  6. smalltowngal

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    I'm sorry Kinder!! I know when I taught 2nd, the district brought in subs for us and we took the whole day to just test every student.
     
  7. texteacher

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    Yeah, it's ridiculous, especially considering the second story is harder.
     
  8. YoungTeacherGuy

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    All the students in our district are tested using the DIBELS system. However, teachers are NOT responsible for doing the DIBELS testing. Each site has a team of people (principal, vice-principal, resource specialist, reading coach, speech therapist, psych/counselor, and reading clinicians) who are responsible for testing the entire school. It normally takes the team 4-5 days to finish testing all grade levels.
     
  9. texteacher

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    Wow that would be great if other people did TPRI for us! You're lucky to have that.
     
  10. MzMooreTeaches

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    We use DIEBELS as well.. but the teachers are responsible for administering it... I test K's so for beginning of the year its pretty quick
     

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