They sit down fully expecting to hear how wonderful their child has done this year, what great readers they are, and how far they have come.
But instead… I pull out a reading test and start by saying: “this is the reading test we took and it shows they are on a kindergarten reading level.” The look on their face is hilarious. I pause. Then I say “at the first of the year, and this is the one from this month…they are now on a 3.7 or 2.5 (or whatever it is) reading level.” I laugh as I watch relief wash over them. Just a tad bit evil I know.
I am meeting with the rest of my parents next week on Monday and Tuesday and then my conferences will be done for the year. And in 12 school days our school year will be over. We have a new state law that says if a child is not reading on grade level or passes the state reading test by the end of third grade they can be retained up to THREE times in third grade. It has done away of social promotion in grades K through 3. Does your state or schools have anything like this?
Today I got teary eyed at the kindergarten program. Wasn’t it just yesterday my two kids were on that stage? Geeze I wonder what the last week of school is going to be like?
Wednesday a few of my teacher buddies and I went to a conference with Matt Glover. He is co-author with Katie Wood Ray on a book, and he has written a book of his own about writing with young children and writer’s workshop.
It was a very good conference. He gave great insight into making books with children and how to conduct writer’s workshop in grades PreK-2. My teacher buddies do not do writer’s workshop in their classes. But I think I may have converted a few of them. The Kindergarten teachers have been sending down some very creative authors from their classrooms to share their books with me. I am so excited for next year!
Today we read “If You Give a Dog a Donut” by Laura Numeroff. We then made donuts from biscuits in a can. My kids think I am a genius and the best donut maker ever! One of them suggested I open my own donut shop, but one little girl quickly corrected him and said “no way then she couldn’t be our teacher!”
I guess she doesn’t realize I’ll only be her teacher for about 12 more days!