|Knit or Read?|
For the past couple of weeks, I've been preparing for the Praxis "Elementary Education Content Knowledge" test. All in the name of "No Child Left Behind" to prove that I am "Highly Qualified" to teach at an elementary school here in Alaska.
In Minnesota, I was "Highly Qualified" to teach in an elementary education school/setting just because I had the degree and had passed the PPST (Pre-Profesional Skills Test) to get my Elementary Teaching License.
Forget that I have been teaching for 18 years, that also would allow me to be "Highly Qualified" in Minnesota if I didn't have the license in a specific area.
Never mind that I have had many children gain more than one year's skills for one year in my classroom.
We won't mention the number of students I have worked with that have gone from not being able to read in the fall, leaving in the spring reading at grade 3 or higher. For some reason, I seem to have had several 3rd graders enter our school/my classroom not being able to read, but everything clicks when they were in treatment and have left at the end of the school year reading at a beginning third grade level. I have my hypothesis for this phenomena, but won't bore you with my hypothesis!
No, give me a test on CONTENT!
Anyway I think I am ready. I have taken every sample test I can get my hands on for this particular test and have earned a "passing" score on all of them. I think it is time to put the reading material away, and relax. It is 70 degrees out (WARM for Alaska), and I am going to go out and enjoy the sun!
I am smarter than a 6th grader, darn it! I will prove it Saturday!