In comparison, getting up this morning and getting going was about 20 times harder than doing so on Monday. I was just DRAINED. I didn't even stay up that late (I made it until 10 which makes me sound so lame) yet I was d-r-a-g-g-i-n-g this morning.
We have computer lab first thing on Wednesday morning. We start at 8:20 and lab is supposed to start at 8:30 but after announcments and the usual hubbub of the morning, we aren't usually down there until about 8:40 (it's a "teacher directed" special so it doesn't matter if we're late or miss it). The kids are mandated to use Study Island which makes computer time more of a chore than anything else and I hate that for them. I usually have them do a short Study Island activity and then let them go onto some websites that have a lot of good information to help them practice in their MAP target area for the NWEA/MAP test.
Today I assigned two short quizzes: one on fractional parts since we've just started our unit on Fractions and one on narrative genre since that is a big area on the reading MAP test. Everyone passed the Fractions part. The lowest score was 80%. But only 4 out of the 21 kiddos I had during computer lab actually passed the narrative test. Oy! Considering the second testing window is just two weeks away and these kids did HORRIBLY in the second round test last school year, I'm nervous. How can they honestly NOT know that stuff?? I mean, really?!
On Wednesday and Thursday afternoons I have an interventionist who comes to my room for about an hour. Today I had her pull two small groups to work on the narrative stuff and she came in at the end of the day to tell me that she was appalled at how these kids couldn't tell her basic narrative stuff. I agreed -- how could they have forgotten all of that stuff?? So that's something I definitely need to drill into them over the next two weeks before that test.
I brought home a ton of work tonight even though I really just wanted to come home and do nothing. In fairness to myself, I did finish "The Hunger Games", play with my kids and enjoy my dinner before I looked at anything for school. I need to finish up lessons for next week and I should be good to go. It won't be hard, it's just finding the motivation to do them that is the problem at this moment. I'm ready to crawl into bed actually.