A Teacher's Day

The day in the life of an inner city large urban school district teacher after the high stakes testing ends and there is still three more months left before summer vacation.

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

I have taught school for over thirty years always in the inner city and for the most part always upper grade students. I have two children and I have been married for twenty years.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Today everything changes.

Testing is over. The students who did well and know they did well will begin to change. The students who tried, but feel they failed, will also change. The students who were disruptive before the test will begin to be even more disruptive. What does it matter? they will ask. What can they do to me?

I've taught in the inner city for a long time. I know this is what the students in my school are thinking. Not all of them, of course. Not even a fifth. But enough.

One eighth grade student already told me he didn't care what happened to him. "I always do well on the tests," he said. "So what if I have all F's and D's. I'm passing anyways."

He probably is.

Today the sun is shining, it's going to reach the low sixties, and I WANT to be outside.

It's going to be an interesting day.


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