Another change is that we're required to give all of our students a pre- and post-test every semester.
The pre- and post-tests are part of a new law in Indiana which requires that part of teachers' evaluations be based on a measurement of students' learning. Since elective subjects like German are not a part of state standardized tests, our students are now given a test at the beginning and end of the semester to measure their growth over the course of the semester.
Students take the pre-tests on their laptops, and today was my first day administering them. Students have only had their laptops for about a week, and the testing platform is new to all of us, so I was a bit nervous about how it would go.
But amazingly, it went very smoothly! No one was absent, everyone remembered their computers, and everyone was able to take the pre-test. Wow!
After that, students logged on to their digital textbooks for the first time, and that went well too. More wow! Tomorrow I will give pre-tests to my other 3 classes, and hopefully it will go just as well.