Today on the other hand, was an onslaught of ups and downs. Yesterday at our faculty meeting, our new principal answered a few questions about A.P.P.R. and our SLO's that had me worried that she wouldn't let me use my own assessments that I had worked on ALL summer. So, naturally, I was panicking a little until today when I met with her 1 on 1 and we reviewed my work. PHEW! She was impressed with what I created and as long as our superintendent will approve of them and she gets some of her own questions answered from Boces about assessments in general, I should be good to go with them! Yea!!!!!
Then, I headed up a meeting between the special areas teachers about being consistent with our grading. That was an interesting meeting to say the least. If School Tool can build us a grade converter to convert our grades from our decided on, 5-letter grading scale to the set grading scale the K-2 teachers use, we will be all set! It's way too much work to remember the grading scale used by those teachers, especially since they are SOOO different! Two grades use 4 letters, the special education teacher uses 5, and the 2nd grade teachers use 4 letters with a combination of +'s and -'s! Third through sixth grade uses number grades, so it should be easy-peasy for us to input grades. Otherwise........people may not be happy...whether it's the special area teachers or the classroom teachers! Eek! Hopefully, this will all pan out...good thing this is a trial run year!
Otherwise, my classroom is just about set up! I have one more thing to add to my door once it dries...and I just need to finish cutting out the Sudoku pieces and I need to finish creating my file folder games for early finishers.