NMPSPE Film Festival, Day XVII: Staggering Along the PARCC High-Stakes Testing Wire

Well, we made it to Spring Break.  It hasn’t been easy. I won’t be overblown and self-aggrandizing enough to fully equate the balancing act we teachers have attempted these last few months to the “Man on Wire,” Phillipe Petit.  Still, public school teaching this year has been and continues to be a balancing act.  How do we… Read More NMPSPE Film Festival, Day XVII: Staggering Along the PARCC High-Stakes Testing Wire

NMPSPE Film Festival, Day XVI: Plan PARCC From Educational Outer Space

“Greetings, my friend. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives.” — “Criswell Predicts” Announcer/Narrator, “Plan 9 From Outer Space” I mentioned yesterday that Andy Warhol’s “Empire” will probably be the lowest-rated movie in the NMPSPE Film Festival.  That remains… Read More NMPSPE Film Festival, Day XVI: Plan PARCC From Educational Outer Space

NMPSPE Film Festival, Day XV: In Honor of PARCC Sit-N-Stare

So what do you “do” to kids who aren’t taking the Standardized Test? Kids/parents opting-out of PARCC/SBAC leave schools with yet another logistical wrinkle in a very wrinkly test scheduling prune. In Toms River, New Jersey they sit in “study hall” for hours and hours.  In Libertyville, Illinois, a Special Education student not only sat and stared… Read More NMPSPE Film Festival, Day XV: In Honor of PARCC Sit-N-Stare

NMPSPE Film Festival, Day XXIV: Is PARCC the Fluoridation or The Bomb?

The problem boils down to this:  Some days you feel like Peter Sellers in this scene and some days you get the feeling you’re actually Sterling Hayden.   When things get this crazy and this far afield from what’s supposed to be reality in your job/life, things get blurry.  The PARCC/Standardized Testing War is very much… Read More NMPSPE Film Festival, Day XXIV: Is PARCC the Fluoridation or The Bomb?

NMPSPE Film Festival, Weekend Edition #3: PARCC Stepping Stones

Oh deary, we almost missed our Film Festival Weekend Edition in a weekend of bike rides, theater attendance and an abiding dislike for the Albuquerque Journal.  But here we go with a song that keeps going through my head during every bike ride, especially those commutes to work. Where will Governor Susana Martinez be in… Read More NMPSPE Film Festival, Weekend Edition #3: PARCC Stepping Stones

NMPSPE Film Festival, Day XX: Paris (Texas), PARCC and the “Open-Ended Response”

Not only does PARCC go to “Eleven,” as our Film Festival pointed out yesterday, it also features the chance for kids to write “open-ended responses” to deeper questions eliciting and examining their higher level critical thinking skills.  Or so they say.  The always great Curmudgucation blog has a wonderful explanation of “Why Critical Thinking Won’t… Read More NMPSPE Film Festival, Day XX: Paris (Texas), PARCC and the “Open-Ended Response”

NMPSPE Film Festival, Day XIX: But PARCC Goes to Eleven

The selling points of PARCC are that it’s “tied to Common Core,” features more open-ended answers, and, MOST EXCITING OF ALL, is on this newfangled contraption called “a computer. ” Wow. I don’t understand it all, because it’s truly state-of-the-art thinking at its best.  Mind blowing stuff.  Christopher Guest as Nigel Tufnil in Rob Reiner’s… Read More NMPSPE Film Festival, Day XIX: But PARCC Goes to Eleven