I agree about that test and all the others that we MUST give ALL the time. I would much rather be teaching, teaching, and teaching and not worrying about those tests but when I am told that 50% of my evaluation will now be based on that "test" and that it will be given four times a year and ALL on computers during the same time frame for all grade levels, then please don't wonder why teachers question how this technology supposed to come to us magically. This means in our county we are MANDATED by the state, with no additional funds, to test all students on COMPUTERS. I don't know about your school but we have no wireless, an average of 1 to 2 computers per classroom if that, no computer lab, no training of students on computers that is consistent. Our school infrastructure cannot even handle any updates at this point and needs replaced. When the server works at one end of the school it may not be working on the other end of the school. So either ALL students in the state need to stay paper and pencil or ALL need to go to computers with the updates to do so. I would LOVE to do more with technology and see so many benefits to it but, I am sorry, it's NOT FUNDED. I hope this changes because I am one of those teachers who would LOVE to have more technology and am willing to spend my own time learning how to make it effective. After 20 years in the system, I can tell you I have never been to a training that gave me enough information on any program to fully implement it without assistance later. Sadly, there is rarely follow up for us who want to move ahead once the funding that was there dries up.
I have no opposition to being held accountable for my teaching with test scores if students are divided and shared EQUALLY but we know that doesn't happen. I don't even have the same students from the beginning of the year to the end of the year due to turnover in the classroom. They seem to come and go like a revolving door.
What boggles the mind is that any child getting off a bus should be terrorized by the threat of GUNFIRE! Would you be saying the same thing if they had murdered one of the children who were exiting the bus? There is nothing accidental about picking up a gun, getting in a car and shooting it off near a bus of STUDENTS. If you don't want to hold them responsible then how about their parents who obviously didn't know their darlings were once again out with a gun terrorizing others (one of them was involved in the Coolidge Park shootings) but since that child was only 16, was set free to act again because of being a "juvenile". This wasn't a fist fight after school, it was SHOOTING.
It's nice to see someone who isn't a Scrooge.
I dog that has bitten people at least 3 times is very dangerous. Why has nothing been done about the dog?
And as a teacher of primary students even we have issues will cell phones in the classroom. I have 6 year olds whose cell phones have rung in the classroom. I answered one once and it was Grandma calling to say hello at 10 am on a school day. So yes, it is a major issue!
I am a teacher and I am not even supposed to use a cell phone at school...until it's early dismissal, etc. Then I am expected to call parents, use my minutes and expose my private phone number. Of course, this is because the school only has one phone line. And yes, in this day and time, not everyone has felt the need to resort to an expensive smartphone or has unlimited plans. I know my own child, who hasn't caught on to the texting craze yet, still has a plain cell phone she keeps in her backpack for emergencies only. After school shootings, gang issues in school, including hers, I insist she carries something in case of emergency. My reason for bringing this up is that if cell phones are used in the classroom, which I can certainly see the pros to doing, how will we equalize the access? Not all students carry a phone, the same type of phone with unlimited things like internet or texting, so how will this occur? Do we purchase everyone the same model and make sure the phones are only used at school. Will they be assigned like textbooks are now? Will only the richer schools get them or those with high Title One needs who can get a grant? If you are going to do it for one, then do it for all of them. Equalize the technology we actually have or need before we talk about cell phones in classrooms. Perhaps we need to focus on getting all the schools up to date on all the items the state is mandating we are going to need for the future TCAP tests that will be administered four times a year via computers before we talk about cell phones. I would love to know how we are going to meet that unfunded mandated first.