Thank goodness I taught at a high school last summer, because the DRA seems crazy! Okay, not really crazy, but just complicated. Lots of bits and pieces to remember, lots of kids, lots of time. And I’m sure the logistics of testing and the system has been reworked over and over to be the most efficient it can be every year, but there’s only so much that can be done about how long it takes a student to read a book, you know? Still, if any of you institute vets out there have any suggestions on how to make it work better, let me know!!! I’m constantly increasing my effectiveness here… school-operations-managing as leadership! (SOMAL?)
Anyway, mad props to my reading collabs at Young! They rocked it this morning with their first DRA administration, and I know they will only get better from here. No one complained that they had to walk a freaking marathon to get to the classrooms to pick up students; no one said one negative thing about the students or the systems; everyone I heard was making personal connections with the students already; everyone was asking questions (which is totally a good thing when you have a task to learn on the fly!) and making sure they didn’t mess it up for the students. I could go on and on. I was so, so pleased that there were no major kinks, and it made me feel so good that the summer school students here will get four weeks with our corps members who are already acting like they were made to be teachers.