Monday, April 13, 2009

The First Day of the Long Slide Down

Today was the first day back after Spring Break. Those of you who are not teachers, let me tell you how this works:

First of all, all the teachers are exhausted from staying up late and partying too much. Or flying to Chile and back. The kids are exhausted from staying up late and partying too much. Or walking to Safeway and back.

Then, it usually takes a day or so to get the kids back into school mode - you know, the mode where they actually remember to walk into class and sit in a desk. Today I walked into third period and everyone was standing around talking like it was a dinner party or the bus stop.

In addition, a nebulous someone, somewhere, scheduled the state mandated math testing for today and tomorrow. I know, it SEEMS like kids retain scads of information over breaks, and I know MY kids certainly spent quite a bit of time studying their math flashcards and doing trigonometry in their head, but most kids - yeah....they don't so much remember math as sieve it out while exiting the classroom.

So let's recap: Today, the teacher was cranky, the kids were squirrelly, and we had to do state testing.

Yes. Today was Awesome.


Shelli (wishes she was) Mrs. Burchett;) said...


Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

HEHE, We have our state tests too. Our school waited until the third day back to start. Oh. SOmeone forgot to et me my ticket to Chili.

Finding Normal said...

What kind of moron schedules it then? Probably the same kind who decided we need THREE rounds of testing this year. That's like 5 weeks, down the drain, and I'm not even working too hard to prep them for it!
Final countdown!!!!!!!!!!!

Colleen said...

Haha..."a dinner party or the bus stop" I love it! Yall sure do get paid pretty well if folks are jetting off to chile. Geez! They must be administration.

10 weeks!

Just say Julie said...

I went to Chili's over Easter Break. Is that similar?

Yeah, I'll have to say thumbs down for tests on the day back. And my kids acted worse coming back from a 4 day weekend than they did after Spring Break.

John Deere Mom said...

You seriously had to do state testing THE DAY after break? That's even more stupid than some of the things the state comes up with around here!!!!!

Urban School Teacher said...

Great! A perfect description of the first day back after a break from the chalk face.