Testing Miss Malarkey

Testing Miss Malarkey


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The new school year brings standardized testing to every school and Miss Malarkey's is no exception. Teachers, students, and even parents are preparing for THE TEST-The Instructional Performance Through Understanding (IPTU) test-and the school is in an uproar. Even though the grown-ups tell the children not to worry, they're acting kind of strange. The gym teacher is teaching stress-reducing yoga instead of sports in gym class. Parents are giving pop quizzes on bedtime stories at night. The cafeteria is serving "brain food" for lunch. The kids are beginning to think that maybe the test is more important than they're being led to believe. Kids and adults alike will laugh aloud as Finchler and O'Malley poke fun at the commotion surrounding standardized testing, a staple of every school's year.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802776242
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 08/01/2003
Series: Miss Malarkey Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 117,999
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.07(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Judy Finchler is an elementary school teacher and librarian from Parsippany, New Jersey.

Kevin O'Malley has been amassing high praise and impressive awards for his hilarious, kid-friendly picture books, including numerous starred reviews and two School Library Journal Best Books of the Year. He is also the illustrator and coauthor of the best-selling Miss Malarkey series for Walker & Company. Kevin lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife and two sons.

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Testing Miss Malarkey 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
D.Holliman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great look at what life is like for students and educators during state testing and testing in general. It is always the adults who are stressed the most and some students are too. i think that this book is a great way to talk about preparing for tests to students. It is a fun look and more over the top look at testing, that really makes students laugh. It focuses on students in general and not so much Title I or Special Education students who would be more stressed about these exams. But again it is a great discussion book.
CamilaDeVeau on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Testing Miss. Malarkey is about an elementary school preparing for the state standardized test. As the narrator, a young boy, travels trough the book, he sees the principal freaking out on the telephone over pencils, the cafeteria serving brain food, the art teacher teaching how to fill in bubbles for scantrons, and the P.E teacher teaching them yoga to help calm their minds. As the day of the test gets closer, the adults around him start to go berserk. Recess is taken away and replaced with phonics, and bedtime stories now come with questions about main idea and character development. The story ends happily when the school succeeds on the test and the students and teachers celebrate.Teaching Implications: I use this book to read to my students to help reduce their stress surrounding the state tests. The atmosphere in the school as the test gets closer is usually more and more desperate as the students and staff anxiously prepare. This book puts the test in a little more perspective and shows the reader the absurdity of the attitudes and events surrounding the tests.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a 'Must read' for teachers ,administrators and parents. It is a brief look at how accountability efforts can affect a school. A fun read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An incredibly insightful look into the lunacy placed on standardized testing as the sole predictor of student performance. As a former elementary school principal and adjunct professor, this book is a must read for every pundit who resides in the ivory tower and has never set foot in an elementary classroom. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book at a faculty meeting right before our big assessment day. It made the teachers laugh out loud. This book is hilarious and refreshing. We were able to relate to the characters that's what made it so funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book takes a hilarious look at school testing. As a teacher and parent, I really enjoyed it. The illustrations are great too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a teacher and this book is right on the mark concerning testing. It's a hilarious account of what students and teachers endure as the 'test' approaches. A belly laugh and a good poke in the ribs at how much emphasis we place on standardized testing.