Florida Alternate Assessment
With the FAA being for students with “severe cognitive disabilities,” and the FCAT being for general education students, where is the assessment for the students who need something more appropriate to their ability level?
Is there no middle ground?
My November decorations for my classroom! So far my classroom decorations have changed every month. August/September was a Luau beach theme and October was Spooky Halloween! The kids absolutely love it, as do I! Happy Fall Y’all!
On my toes
As we go into the fifth week of school, my first-year teacher jitters are back into full swing! Beginning this week I will be having 3 students transferred into my class full time, and another 3 students come in for an hour each day for writing. In the first few weeks I only had between 8 and 6 students (Two students didn’t show up the entire first week, then came for the second week before withdrawing). Now that I may have as many as 12 ESE students in my room at one time with just myself and the paraprofessional, I am very nervous.
I set very high expectations for myself to be successful, and expect my students to work just as hard as I do. My teaching philosophy begins with the statement that “All children can learn.” and I hold ALL of my students accountable for academic progress. As I said in my previous post, If I don’t set high expectations for them, then who will? I know I am going to be successful; I thrive on success. It helps me keep going and allows me to set high goals for myself and my students. Wish me luck as I go into my fifth week of teaching and welcome six new birdies into my outstanding flock!