Tag Archives: assessments

A Teacher’s Haiku

24 Mar

A Teacher's Haiku



important papers
uncounted hours aching brain
conference season




Is there paperwork to take a Blog-cation?

1 Mar

Because… I don’t need anymore paperwork to fill out right now, thankyouverymuch. 

I’m getting ready to fill out 3-4 pages per student of paperwork for my preschoolers.  At my last calculation 3 x 40= 120 and 4 x 40 = 160.  120-160 pages of paperwork.  I’ll know exactly how many pages I’ll need to fill out as soon as I receive that last form I’m waiting for from the school district, and I’m pretty sure it will be a 2 page form, not a 1 page form.


I need to sort through all of my assessments and observations to fill out those 160 pages of paperwork.  Have I ever mentioned how disorganized I tend to be?  Thankfully, everything is in one spot and actually in some form of organization, but I really need to figure out how I’m going to sift through all of the information to figure out EXACTLY what I need or want to know, and what the readers of the paperwork need or want to know about my preschoolers. 

I’m using a new approach of assessment with preschoolers, which is  a combination of The Work Sampling System, Early Childhood Indicators of Progress, and Creative Curriculum for Preschoolers.  The assessments are supposed to be informal, more from observations and work sampling than from direct testing.  It seems like I’m stumbling around in the dark.  I like the idea of this form of assessment, but it is a new way of doing things for our school and for me.

So right now I feel a bit disorganized.  I need to have it all together by March 16th, when I start conferences with the parents of my students.

I’m sure I will have it all together by then, and the 160 pages will be a distant memory.  Conferences will go well and all parents will attend at their scheduled time.  Do I sound delusional?  It just may be what gets me through the next two weeks.

Needless to say I will be occupied for awhile.  So I guess that means I am officially on a blog-cation.

I’ll be back when the paperwork storm clears.

Mrs. V

Because it is late, and I am tired…

6 Aug

I will just post this editorial cartoon for you to contemplate.

I think it fits well with what I wrote about here.

Mrs. V

Cartoon was found at The Notebook.