Independent writing during Writing Workshop and math centers used to provide me time to conference with individual students on the respective topic. Not so much this week and next. Now it's reserved for testing.
"Okay boys and girls, please go sit at your tables and work by yourselves and quietly. I won't have any idea what you're doing, how you're doing it, or what you're thinking... I don't have time to talk to you about your work, I have to give tests."
Right now I am protecting guided reading groups like a mama bear over her cubs, but who knows how long that will last...
Happy almost spring.