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.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Wednesday, the last day of ISAT testing!

The seventh graders have science and math; the sixth graders only math.

I'm going to start writing grants again--the BP Leadership Grant, Hallmark, Lowe's Educational Iniatives, and so on. Last year I wrote almost a hundred grants and most of them were funded. I'm going to write new grants to DonorsChoose, Project Reality (they have excellent character education books), Biz World, CS & C, the Education Foundation for Excellence, Target, the Ezra Keats Library Foundation, and many more.

I've been working too hard on the LRE grant my school received--$110,000. I'm still writing it. So far we've received $40,000 of the grant.

I'll have the time.

High stakes testing pressure ends today.

But what happens next? Will the students think school is over? How will we keep them on a schedule of learning with three more months of school to go?


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