No excuses for what went wrong in 6th grade today. It was my fault.
The class was great, the daily agenda was on the board, the matching lesson plan was clear, the materials and teachers edition books stacked exactly in the order needed.
I gave out the four part, three page reading assessment test with some 90 multiple-choice questions that the lesson plan indicated should take only about 15 minutes to complete before lunch.
Given the short amount of time and the number of pages/questions to work through, I had a lingering doubt that even this intelligent class as a whole could complete it. It turned out that only a handful actually completed the entire assignment in 15min.
After lunch, I checked the next item on the lesson plan. It listed a one-page literacy quiz with three questions to answer.
The allotted time was an hour!
I had somehow confused the "reading test" handouts with "literature quiz" handouts. They were in the right order when I reviewed the lesson plan that morning but somehow I had switched the handouts. There IS no one else to blame.
When I told the class what I must have done and it was my fault, some of the kids thought that's what might have happened but didn't say anything because...I'm the TEACHER!
As I'm passing back the incomplete assessment tests for additional time to finish, I gently suggested that THEY know the classroom routine and materials better than I do. It is perfectly acceptable to question any lesson plan assignment for clarification if it seems oddly out of the routine.
If someone had, I would have had less to apologize for.