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The 5-Minute Break

April 23, 2012 Jose
kitkatbar

Last week, New York State Education Commission decided to give students a mandated 5-minute break in the first book of the English-Language Arts test. When I read about it, I laughed for reasons I rather expand on after the math test. However, I did receive a tape with some recorded dialogue from the closed room […]

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An Ode To The Big Tests

April 16, 2012 Jose
high-stakes-testing-from-www-rethinkingschools-org

Here’s to you. Here’s to the students who will be pelted with Scantron sheets and test booklets emblazoned with the shape of New York State, a place they’ve explored so little. Here’s to the students who, after 140 days of mixed concentration for varied reasons, will be asked to focus all their energies on answering […]

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Draft of a Letter to the New York State Board of Regents 2011

May 24, 2011 Guest Posts

To Whom This May Concern: Anytime I get the opportunity to score the New York State Mathematics Exam, whether as scoring leader, table leader, or part of the scoring team, I try to ingest the super-technical rubrics and guidelines in order to be the best scorer possible. Every time we sit through the trainings, whichever […]

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5 Things To Remember For Teachers Prepping Their Students for The Big Exam

April 26, 2011 Mr. Vilson
obama group hug

I have exactly 5 days to prepare my students for the New York State Mathematics Test. 40+ multiple-choice questions, 8 short-response, and 4 extended-response. Cathie Black Dennis Walcott and Co. implicitly put the burner under our butts when they released our Teacher Data Reports a couple of weeks ago for us to peruse and look […]

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Rest Elbows on Table, Insert Chin Into Hands (Pick Your Head Up Afterwards)

August 4, 2010 Jose

This is the reason I don’t like reading the papers in NYC. They’re either filled with information I’ve already read, information that’s misinformation, or information I just shake my head at. This time around, it was the third. And I didn’t even have my usual sources of news to inform me immediately of Sunday’s NY […]

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On Making Sense of One’s World Through Inference

June 15, 2010 Jose
Dred Scott

Two weeks ago, I had the strangest dream where I was back in college on a panel in the midst of a few familiar people, one of whom I disliked for the majority of my organizational career. I remember her spouting some nonsense about the so-called Black Agenda and what we “need to be doing” […]

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FACK! [Or, 5 Ways To Handle The Day Before The Big Math Test]

May 4, 2010 Jose
Cartman, South Park

To new math teachers, this sort of stress only compares to that getting injected with a thin, long needle for the first time or sitting in a dentist’s chair with your mouth full of something-caine waiting for a root canal. You know it’s going to benefit you in the long run just to be over […]

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