Koob does his best to simply follow the standards he has, but he often has to take a step back and explain an old concept to kind of put sand in the cracks. There's only so much he can do though, because he needs to prepare them for the PARCC test later in the year. He can't spend too much time on old material or he'll never get to the stuff they have to get through by standardized testing time. This is a lot of pressure I think, both for teachers and students, because these standardized tests are made out to be such a huge deal and they want everything to be taught in a singleminded manner. They really do more harm than help. Of course, that's a whole other discussion, but that is definitely my opinion.
Koob's goal is really just to get them prepared for next year with as few learning gaps as possible while still prepping them for these PARCC tests. He can email parents, but that's only useful if parents want to take initiative and help guide their student. And that's assuming parents will take the time to read his emails... Overall it's a mess and I'm surprised he's managing it as well as he is. Props to Mr. Koob.
I realize now that I skipped over this blog (I answered this week's blog last week, didn't realize this one existed until now), so in terms of my entire experience, I'd say that middle school was great and very eye-opening, especially since Koob was able to give me insight on the first few years of teaching in secondary education. I still think high school would be best, but I'll find out later this year when we do those observations.