Finally able to breathe again...
I don't even go to my office in the mornings. I don't even put my lunch in
the small refrigerator there. Don't want to see notes hanging on my door. Don't want to even walk past--never mind make
eye contact with--any parent who is waiting. There are lots of them. Just because I am an "A.I.R. test administrator"
now and not a counselor doesn't make time stop. Children still have problems.
But I go straight to "my lab" and get "my computers" ready for
that day's session(s).
Are headsets required? If they are,
then I've learned that I must assure that computers' volume is appropriately set and certainly not muted. That causes
confusion at the "check for sound" part of the instructions. "Can you hear...? If not, raise your
hand." I dread raised hands, for a raised hand at that juncture means a student cannot hear. Rebel Kim wants
to say, "Don't worry about that, you won't really need sound," But that is not true. They will need sound
( I think, for I am not allowed to look or listen-- Good God, my heart pounds when I see a few words over students' shoulder!
Will I lose my job because I inadvertently read a sentence?! No! Do NOT show me that error, upstanding want-to-do-your-best
student!) and so, they and I must start over....
my computers are "up and running..." That's gotten better by the way, with weeks of experience. At the beginning
of this six weeks time warp--that's what it feels like, that nothing matters except logging in successfully and HEARING THE
We're floating in "A.I.R.",
baby! Let the "A.I.R. rush through us! Students and I breathe "A.I.R. We gulp "A.I.R." when computers
crash. I, the all important Test Administrator ("see your TEST ADMINISTRATOR" pops up on alarm screens when
something goes awry.. and Good God that is ME! I am NOT a school counselor now! I am not that job for which I
prepared for four long years! NO! NO! I am now the TEST ADMINISTRATOR, a job for which I prepared for...one
half of one hour.
Hey, I am no math person. I got
no clue what a CAS function is...and I don't know a QWERTY keypad from a "QWERKY" one.
Testing in public schools is finally over. Six weeks of "A.I.R."
in schools.... What will we do with no "A.I.R."?
Maybe we'll finally be able to breathe...
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