I am a short-timer. Eight days of school left. One more Monday. The full moon is over. We will be building straw towers for three days, followed by the Fourth Annual Mrs. Hillbilly Mom Egg Drop Contest. Does it get any better than that?
Yes. It does.
The EOC scores are in, and Biology improved on last year's numbers by 40-something points overall. Unless the entire state of Missouri cheated, we should stack up fairly well compared to state averages. While I would like to take complete credit, there were two of us teaching this subject, and I am enough of a realist to realize that you can't compare apples to oranges. This year's students can not be measured against last year's students. Therein lies the problem with tying teacher pay to student achievement. Sometimes you have a good year, sometimes you have a bad year...even though you have honed your teaching skills over the decade and presented a uniform smorgasbord of knowledge to your charges.
My department shall rest on its laurels for 364 days. And hope that we are not challenged to make chicken salad out of chicken poop next year.