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Friday, October 10, 2014

I've Been a Bit SLO

SLO is a new term in the realm of teaching. It feels a bit like writing something for a team of lawyers.    I have to create a test for my 6 th graders with my team members to address the learning needs of my class so the State of Ohio can track the progress of students in subjects that are not tested by the state.  We have to create our own test, decide how we are going to score our test, then administer and grade the test, and compare how much the students learn by April this year.  Sounds okay, but it is a tremendous amount of work on top starting a school year.  All the paperwork needs to be done among, grading papers for normal work, initial assessments for readability, interim reports and parent teacher conferences.
No fun, that is for sure.
This little niece turned 5 in September.  I have to say I wish we had these contraptions when I learned how to roller skate.

I got to go with my Mother-in-law, Kayla and her friend to see Gladys Knight and the Saints United voices.  It was an amazing spirit-filled night.  Five Guys burgers on the way home were awesome too.
Kayla is working at Target now, it is fun to see her growing up.  She makes some fun choices and is turning out ok.  Kota works hard everyday physically and comes home filthy, the dirtier he is the more proud he is of himself.  He is progressing well.
Kyle just passed a kidney stone this week, he kept it, and named it Harold...he's weird.  But, I love him!
So much has happened in the last 6 weeks but, that is it in a nutshell.


  1. I've missed your posts, and wondered what was going on. I guess I figured correctly in thinking you must be busy with school. Tom has also spent a lot of time with this testing stuff. He did one test and his students tested too high, so he had to do it over, etc. Doesn't sound like it's any fun for the teachers or the students. I hope it all makes sense and does some good when fully implemented. Or something. :) Glad to hear that things are going well for Kota and Kayla. Hope Kyle is feeling better now that Harold is living on the outside!

  2. Work sounds not fun but I know you'll do great. Glad the kiddos are good and I can't believe Kyle passed a kidney stone without me....sheesh...I thought we were friends!

  3. What a great way to learn to skate! Cool!!

    Glad the stone got passed okay. I feel for him…been there, done that.