STAAR simulations take place on my campus today, and I've decided to take my metaphorical pixie dust and magic wand to school. All year long I have preached to my students that hard word, persistence, and practice are the keys to success, but after reading a friend's blog and listening to a favorite song from my youth, I'm starting to change my mind. I need a little prestidigitation today.
The children I teach are exquisite little human beings. They are chatty, spunky, and full of zest. Like an effervescent Alka-Seltzer tablet, they bubble and fizz and pop. For four solid hours today, they will have to sit still and read selection after boring selection. There will be no talking. There will be no collaboration. There will be no fun. Unfortunately, I will have to wave my magic wand and turn them into little standardized robots.
The entire instructional day is wasted, and the results of the test will tell me what I already know. It's really quite sad. You can see why I might need a some enchantment in my day. Like Samantha from the 1970's T.V. show Bewitched, I wish I could wiggle my nose and make this whole high stakes testing movement disappear.
To make the day bearable, I plan to partake in a little GoNoodle, do some dancing between between passages, and maybe we will even read a beautiful picture book after the torture session has concluded. Hi-ho, hi-ho it's off to school I go. On my short commute, I plan to belt out Scarlett's fabulous song from ABC's hit show Nashville. I'm not under your spell stupid STAAR test!