I feel like I can let out a big sigh of relief now that my students have finished end of year testing. Hooray!! I am confident that many of them did well, but I was slightly worried about a few of them. I thought I would share this story with you, and hope that it explains my class to you a little.
*all names have been changed to protect the innocent*
First, some background information: The students at my school do their end of year testing on the computers. They get split into three computer labs based on their ability level in English, and if they are qualified for resource. The students that are qualified for resource or are low language level get some of the test read to them, so they are in different labs than the rest of my students, who get none read. Each of my low English level students have a school employee that sits next to them, plus there are 2 other teachers in the room monitoring. I have nine students that have such a low level of understanding in English that they go to the "accommodated lab". There are 11 total adults in that room, with *Mrs. Smith as the monitor. I send two kids to the resource teacher, then go with my other 13 students to the regular lab, where there are only 3 total adults.
Finally, the story: My class was called down for testing, so I took them to the bathroom, and sent them to their correct labs. *Mrs. Smith was waiting at the accommodated lab door for my students and started calling their names so she could give them their log in information. She called *Bobby, but the rest of the students said he was in the bathroom. Being third graders, they all turned around to look towards the bathroom, but they did not see *Bobby coming.*Mrs. Smith called the rest of the students' names, and was getting worried that she had not seen anyone come down the hall. She realized that there was a little boy still standing there and she asked him what his name was. He quickly told her his name was *Bobby. "Well, why didn't you answer when I called your name before?" she asked him. "They said I was in the bathroom," was his reply.
Yes, that is one of my students. Sometimes you are just too proud for words. :)