PARCC training this morning. Want to know the best part? Running into my old supervisor and the Director of Secondary Education from my student teaching days! I had such a positive experience during my student teaching and these ladies were a huge influence on me.
But back to PARCC, I think the biggest takeaways from the training were to really read up on the evidence statements since that is how the test is built and also the fact that we will indeed have the PBA (performance based assessement) and the EOY (end of year) tests. My director thought that we were only going to have the PBA in March. The facilitator from the NJ Education department assured us that you can't have one without the other. It is really ONE test, broken into two parts.
I came back to school in time to see my last class of the day. My room was a mess and the sub left shaking her head. I wish my homeroom was more behaved, they are really great kids individually but together they are a mess. I briefly spoke with the school councelor today and she thinks she has some ideas to help us out as long as I'm on board! Of course I'm on board!