April brings us true spring weather, National Poetry Month, National School Library Month, Poem in Your Pocket Day, and yeah, standardized testing. We are in our week of high schoolers in SC taking (hopefully) their last school wide standardized* tests.
A little time to think it over
While I’m serving as test administrator for a morning group and then an afternoon group, and also assisting as test monitor in the middle of the day (yes, do the math–it is the whole day) I have plenty of time to think about some upcoming events for library advocacy in our school, all while walking around during testing. Of course I do this when I’m not reading instructions, answering questions about specific directions, taking up testing materials, alphabetizing sets of documents to turn in, etc, etc….yes it’s work to be a test administrator.
Plans taking shape!
Here are how the plans are shaping up for National Poetry Month at Dorman, and we’ll begin after Spring Break since this week’s focus is totally on standardized testing.
- Invite students to create Spine Poems using library books and phone cameras. (Here’s an older set.)
- Invite student to take a discarded book’s page and create some “Black Out” poetry by using sharpies to strategically strike all but the words when read together make poems. (Samples)
- “Chalking it up Poems” is an activity my colibrarian came up with; using black bulletin board paper, provide chalk, and let library visitors add poems to our paper. When it’s full we’ll hang it up and put down another blank piece to be “chalked up.”
- Poem in Your Pocket Day! April 24 is that special day, and we are going to give coupons out to kids who have poems. They must scan the QR Code on the coupon to learn their prize, and prizes will range from school supplies to penny candy to cafeteria and Cavalatte discounts. (The Cavalatte is a student ran coffee shop, but here’s the kicker–it’s totally run by one of our Exceptional Child teacher’s classes.) Yes, I work in an awesome school with terrific colleagues.
…and School Library Month thoughts too!
More plans will be made tomorrow as I ruminate while administering and monitor testing. Hey, I may not be able to “work” on it then, but I can think over ideas, right? In the coming days I’ll share pictures of the results of our plans.
*Of course let’s not mention “end of course” testing for certain classes that for all intents and purposes FEELS the same–just not all take EOCs, only those enrolled in those classes. Oh and yes, these “close” the library too. Another post for another day.
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