It’s that time of the year again. Easy on the lesson plans, tough on the nerves; State testing. We spend the entire year getting ready for it. We practice for it. I know many students are stressed about it. I know a lot of teachers are.
I typically have my students spread their desks out while testing. This year I was thinking they didn’t do a very good job this year. They’re all still packed in tight. Then I remembered the 5 extra students I have this year. That’s why they are still packed in tight, even when they spread out.
In years passed I’ve given each of my students a roll of Smarties, as a treat, while they are testing. I like to think it gives them a little break from the test. This year our district said no mints, no gum, no candies. Nothing that could give them an unfair advantage. Really?? I miss snacking on those Smarties.
I find testing to be tiring, for me and my students. The teachers are told not to be sitting at their desks while the students are testing. Walk around, monitor, check to make sure students are not skipping questions or answering in the wrong section. I just find it tiring walking up and down the aisles all morning.