Miss Brave has no time to teach reading to second graders: She’s too busy testing and retesting.
. . . poor Azul has taken to hanging around the desk where I am conferencing with other students, wearing his best puppy dog face, clutching his B books and saying, “When you teach me? I want be C!” Hmm, does anyone know how to say, “I’m sorry, Azul, but I can’t work with you individually to give you the help that you need in English and in reading because my bosses at this school just told me I need to listen to your classmates read long lists of high-frequency words for the second time in two months even though it’s highly unlikely that their skills have improved in that time because I haven’t gotten the chance to actually teach them anything” in Arabic?
Her administrators seem to think she has a Harry Potter time-expanding device that will let her teach reading even though she’s pulled out of her class to cover other classes, proctor exams and go to professional development. In class, she’s interrupted by “announcements, crying children, bleeding children, fighting children, field trips” and fire drills. And testing.