Yeah that is a distress call I am sending out.
Here is the situation. I am in my third year, I have figured out classroom management, I have figured out how to teach the concepts. I do have really great successes each week. The problem is, how do I get the students to want to learn and succeed. How do I get them to pass their benchmark exams?
It really comes down to this. How do I get them to pass the tests...the standardized tests or basically the cumulative tests. They do fine on the quizzes, tests at the end of the unit etc. Then it just goes right out the window. We are a small k-8 school and it is pretty much up to me to get the middle school to pass the state standards in math as I teach all of the 7th/8th math classes. My principal pretty much told me the future of my job depends on if I can get these kids to pass the test.
So what do I do? Right now I am tempted to just open the NJAsk Coach workbook and drill them on this until May. Is that the way? Is teaching to the test really bad in math?
I am the only 7th/8th grade math teacher in my school, does anyone know of an active website where 7th/8th math teachers talk shop? I am on Edmodo, twitter, etc. Any suggestions are appreciated!