During the year we take practice tests (2) - one in the fall and one in the early spring. Because of the latest results of this testing, we entered what I lovingly refer to as "MathGate 2009." Only one of my students passed the math practice test, and my class results stood true for almost every other fourth grade class at my school. Panic ensued, meetings after meetings discussing "WHAT ON EARTH ARE WE GOING TO DO?" My answer? Teach. Let's teach. Stop taking me out of the classroom to discuss what can be done, when what needs to happen is for me to stay in my room and teach my students.
One of the tasks I decided to take on was an afterschool math club. I have about 16 students who stay afterschool 2 days a week to get an extra hour of math practice. Sometimes we do games, and other times we just discuss and practice. That hour goes by quickly, but I am able to remodel and reteach lessons, concepts, etc... that I have already gone through in class. Goodness me, these students need it.
I decided today that I'm going to pump up the students for the test. I am going to make it a party, and we are all going to rock it. These students need to be built up. They need to know that I believe in them, and I truly do. I believe that their ability will shine if they allow it to do so. So come on, little ones... show us what you've got!!
Plus... If I don't party it up with them, I'm going to go insane. I believe in them, and I believe in me. I will survive my first SOLs.