(This is part of the Slice of Life Project)
There was a bit of a silent revolt in my classroom yesterday.
It was the second day of our standardized testing — three sessions of reading comprehension known as MCAS — and they were met in the morning with a schedule for the day that included the testing and then a session of Math Lab, which is an additional math class they get twice a week instead of recess. They could not believe that we would be doing Math Lab after all that testing. One of the other teachers had hinted that perhaps we might skip Math Lab and they latched onto this like crazy glue.
First, they tried to bargain with me.
Then, they started to plead with me.
Finally, they got together and began to write.
They developed a petition, had everyone in the class sign it and then presented it to me in the most dramatic reading imaginable.
This is what they wrote:
“We, the people, signing this today want to state that we were promised recess but instead, we got Math Lab. Just think of us, sitting there all morning, taking MCAS. And you are just going to break our little hearts and tell us that we can’t expend our energy outdoors, in a recreational way?
I told them that I would take their petition under advisement and so it sat on my desk during the four hours of testing.
During our morning meeting later in the day, I then announced that, due to the persuasive nature of the petition, there would be no Math Lab today and instead, we would have extra recess time. A cheer went up.
What I didn’t tell them was that this had been the plan all along and that I had only written Math Lab up on the board so that I could surprise them later in the day.
Peace (in action),
Nice all around! I wonder, when wil we all get smarter and get rid of these tests for more cheers.
I’m racing to finish my slice, but its not looking good. We leave for the north in minutes. So I won’t be following along my friend. But I’ll catch up.
You sneaky dog! (But I should also admit to doing similar things in my teaching!!)
Great slice! More recess and fewer tests would be the standard in my dream school.
You are so sneaky!
Oh, I really loved this “surprise ending”. Their petition shows that they knew exactly how to convince you—-through their use of creative writing! Pretty smart of them!
How very crafty of you both! I think I will try that too!
No matter how you did it, you still showed some respect for their persuasive call for justice. Good on you! Yeah for the kids!
Great slice, and great students! I love that they turned to writing … and I love that you knew all along there shouldn’t be math after MCAS!