Ok, I have to get this off my chest. I hate to share this with the world and it is terribly embarrassing. My 7th graders did miserably on the state test. During the year with me they actually got dumber. I don't understand, I know I am a new teacher but I learned a lot this year and ended really strong. I never expected this. When I student taught my students got the highest scores in the school. Last year was a weird year because I came in halfway during the year, so this year was going to be my big accomplishment. I did improve my 8th graders by 66% from where they were individually, but the entire 8th grade also did terrible (I and my administrators kind of expected this), but my 7th graders were so smart, they honestly did well over the year, there were a handful I expected not to do well, but what really makes me want to puke is the really smart ones who went down in points.
I know I have to stop crying about it and put on my big girl panties and FIX this. I know I can teach these kids, and I love it so much. My administrators are super supportive (even though my poor Principal is going to have to present this to the board and I am embarrassed for her) The only thing I should be worrying a lot about right now is that she is now scared about the flipped classroom. I am going to work my butt of the next two weeks to make a total "action" plan for the year with everything I've learned over the summer and share it with her and my math coach.
Ok, enough whining (well not enough "wine"ing I did buy myself a bottle of Skinny Girl Sangria to numb my brain or I will not sleep tonight.)
Has this happened to anyone? I can't suck as bad as those numbers show, I just can't.