In my school, I only see students once a week and that doesn't begin until week 2 of the school year - so next week. The first week I have students, I always teach the class rules, procedures, and routines. My classes will be 45 minutes long and I am sure I will need to plan to spend the first 5-10 minutes for the next few weeks reviewing those with students throughout the class period. My big three procedures are Entering the Gym, Attention, and Cleaning Up/Lining Up.
I plan to practice the testing protocol the second and third week that 2nd and 5th grade classes come to my class. I also plan to assess all of the 2nd and 5th grade classes I teach because I want to submit the class(es) that show the greatest amount of overall student growth. There is no way I will know which classes that will be so I plan to assess them all.
I have already sought out the person in my building responsible for the video equipment and set up the possible dates I have planned to video the assessment. So, here's a break down of how I plan to do it (at least for now):
Week 1 - No students yet
Week 2 - Rules, Procedures, Routines
Week 3 - Practice Protocol #1
Week 4 - Practice Protocol #2
Week 5 - Administer Cognitive Test (in case my pennies are not in yet)
Week 6 - Administer Assessment #1 to 2nd and 5th graders
Week 7 - Administer Assessment #2 to 2nd and 5th graders
Obviously, I am not going to stress out if this gets pushed back due to typical interruptions in our schedule. There are just too many other things that deserve my energy and I refuse to get upset. I have printed out two calendars in Publisher (Understated Theme) and have penciled in the info above.
I would love to hear what you, or someone you know, is planning to do and any ideas, suggestions, or tips that you can share with everyone else. What works for me may or may not work for you and vise verse. So, the more we share, the better the chances we find something that will benefit each of us.
Check back often as I plan to share all that I can and hope you will too. Also, please forward this information to your colleagues through Facebook, Twitter, email, and other social media. This could really help someone who is struggling with this process. I would rather be evaluated on my teaching than on what others in the building are doing since I cannot control what goes on in their classroom and I would like to encourage you to have that same attitude. This is an opportunity for us to better our profession and to validate ourselves. As many of you know, PE is not required by the federal government and if the State of Tennessee deemed it unnecessary, PE could be cut and so would our jobs. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to show our value in the education of the total child. Do miss out!