I enjoy the kids. I play basketball on my mini-court with them between classes. We laugh. I keep the focus simple and fun in 7th grade cultures because they are too young and fragile for me to give them the academic thing. They love it. We just talk, really.

This is the greatest ill of end of the year standardized testing – what we call the CSAP in Colorado – it takes the kids out of the equation. We can’t afford to do this much longer. All my years of teaching, and I am only finding this out at the end. Dang.


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