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Four on Friday...

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1. Today is my first day off from school stuff since the 4th...I'm going to try and take advantage of it!

2. I'm rather frustrated about the Common Core stuff right now. Our local schools (middle and high) are making changes in the math classes they offer to align themselves with the upcoming PARCC testing (which won't begin until spring of the 2014-2015 school year). I get that, but I'm not sure how eliminating remedial math classes will suddenly put all students at the higher ability level. Seems to me that if they eliminate those classes, they're simply setting themselves up to have a huge number of failing students in math. Starting next fall, the local middle schools will no longer be offering 7th grade math (or pre pre-Algebra). Instead, all incoming 7th graders will need to be ready for pre-Algebra -- and someone explain to me how that magic is going to happen!?! Currently, GT 6th graders are doing 7th grade math, but the rest of the 6th grade population is not. So how on earth will those kiddos suddenly gain an entire year of math? I think it's ludicrous, and I worry about all those kiddos who struggle already and will now have this increased pressure (and rotten grades). :( (And of course, it's also a problem for those kiddos who are ahead, as our 'neighborhood' middle school also doesn't offer Geometry...*sigh*)

3. We're having E's b-day party this weekend. She's fairly excited (read: ecstatic). :) My mom is our 'guest performer' and is leading the girls through a couple of art projects (which E picked out). DH will be at the Broncos game (in the snow, perhaps), and D will be watching the game (maybe downstairs to keep from bothering the girls or vice versa). It should be a fun time (I hope). :)

4. We're also getting together with our camping friends tomorrow night. We haven't spent time with them in quite a while (alone, that is), so it should be good. It's nice having a weekend with no football, I must say. (D said the same thing this morning -- he's ready for a less hectic life, and thankfully, bball isn't nearly as schedule-tight.)

Any big plans for you, as we're now halfway through November (can that even be possible??)?

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beachdog
Nov. 15th, 2013 04:56 pm (UTC)
Convey B-day wishes to E ... ;o)

TFM* "educators" sitting behind a desk in some government office coming up with TFM tests. The teachers, rather than do something creative, are handcuffed into teaching to the test. If their students do poorly, the school will be called out in the media and heads will roll. I hate moaning about "the good old days" but I think I were taught good enough. ;o)

* TFM ==> Too * Many

I think shopping is in my future.
robinellen
Nov. 16th, 2013 04:48 am (UTC)
Will do (for E) ;)

And yes, I completely agree about TFM, both gov workers and tests!

Shopping was in my future too (I realized I didn't have enough for E's b-day -- I'd kind of forgotten all about it, oops).
olmue
Nov. 16th, 2013 04:05 am (UTC)
When I first heard about Common Core, I thought it was a good thing--instead of every state being different, everyone in the US is learning the same kinds of things at the same time, so when you move, you don't completely screw up your kids' education. But then I went to a school meeting to discuss the math program. Aiyai. I left after two hours because I just couldn't handle it anymore. They were supposed to start it this year and as of last spring they didn't even have texbooks printed yet... And all of the carefully crafted different levels of math to fit every kid's needs was going to be hacked to hash in our district. I'm not sure if the Common Core has caught up with ND, or if we already landed where we needed to be, but hikes. The transition does not sound fun!!
robinellen
Nov. 16th, 2013 04:50 am (UTC)
Oh, it's unbelievable to me how poorly planned this thing is (and I suspect it will also be poorly executed). Blech...let's hope ND is exempt for now!
lorrainemt
Nov. 16th, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday to E! It sounds like she'll have a wonderful party. My daughter also loved doing art projects for her parties.

My son's 19th birthday is on Sunday. Wow. How did my sweet lap baby grow up so fast? No art projects for him! ;)

Have a wonderful weekend, Robin.
robinellen
Nov. 17th, 2013 06:45 am (UTC)
Wow, 19 -- do you have something special planned? :) Hope it's a great day for all of you!
boreal_owl
Nov. 16th, 2013 11:44 pm (UTC)
Just reading about the mixed-up math program gives me a headache...

It's tempting to say things were better when I was a kid, but they were just as bad in a different way. Math was taught in such a boring way (to me, anyway) that I tuned out. Because I wasn't paying attention, I got hopelessly behind and got bad marks. I thought I couldn't do math, and my parents and teachers didn't disagree. It was only when I was 32 and took some aptitude tests that I discovered that my mathematical ability was almost as high as my verbal ability.

(Sorry for writing an essay on your blog. It's a topic that I feel strongly about.)
robinellen
Nov. 17th, 2013 06:48 am (UTC)
I'd have to agree, Barb. I think math has long been an issue (and writing is too). When I was a kid (in the same district where my kiddos now attend school), they simply pushed those of us ahead up to the next grade -- but the teachers (in high school, especially) were pretty bad. DH actually had classes where he's go up and show the math teacher where he'd made a mistake (and DH was one of the younger kids in the class, since he was working a year ahead). If you could learn on your own, you were fine; but kids who needed a *teacher* were kind of up a creek (I had a friend who finally passed algebra as a senior, for example, after taking it at least three times).
laurenem6
Nov. 16th, 2013 11:52 pm (UTC)
The common core is nice in theory...

Similar things are happening here in Maryland. Plus this year we are going to waste time taking our old standardized test even though it won't count. Next year we'll have the PARCC as well.
robinellen
Nov. 17th, 2013 06:49 am (UTC)
Yes, Lauren, our kids also have to take the standardized test for no reason (well, it seems to us). Crazy...
writertessa
Nov. 17th, 2013 02:30 am (UTC)
I hope E has a wonderful birthday party! :)

And it really sucks about the screwed up magically-learn-math stuff your school district is going through.
robinellen
Nov. 17th, 2013 06:49 am (UTC)
Thanks, T :) I think it will be a nice afternoon for E (at least I hope so).
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