I love your website and while I was working for a year as an assistant in Maine after graduation (I couldn't get a job cause I was new) I dreamed of using so many of your ideas. Well I moved to Virginia and I feel like I am in teaching hell! Everything I do has to be to the test that the students have to take at the end of the year. We spend 4 weeks of the year just on testing! So many of your great ideas I can't use and so many of my own ideas get tossed away because they don't go with what the district wants. I have several students that are extremely advanced and I have to read easy books with them just because I have to do what they tell me to do (one girl read Twilight last summer but has to read picture books with 10 words per the 10 pages in the book and then answer 5 questions about it). Do you have any advice for a teachers these days with all this teaching to the test and NCLB?
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