Over the course of four weeks beginning in late March, Maine students in grades 3-8 will slog through seven plus hours of standardized tests. These reading, writing and math tests will seriously disrupt school schedules, steal valuable instructional time, cause stress and anxiety, and ultimately produce data which is almost meaningless at best, and, at […]
Who knew that in my sixties, I’d be simultaneously dealing with adolescent angst, adult children, and elder care? Days, I teach middle level students to read and write. Nights and weekends, I often spend with my father and mother who live in separate facilities in separate towns. My two siblings and I collaborate to ensure our parents’ quality care, which requires patience, vigilance, and constant advocacy. In the midst of all this, I lean on my husband, a retired educator, to keep me sane and happy.