The e-mails were flying today, and the conversations with teachers was a bit on edge. Tomorrow it starts for our school and everyone is unsettled.
The spring state tests are what starts.
I work part time in a k-5 inter city school. My job is to do the prep work for the test – set up the computer sections, scheduling, running the computers, tracking who takes what test and reporting back to the district and state and solving problems what ever they are. I also see my job as helping to keep people calm and settled around this time of year.
There is the worry about the students, their ability to perform well on these tests, there is the budget cuts and job changes and the regular exhaustion that hits everyone right now. Teachers are worried – the political climate is not helping the situation.
Today I just smiled, answered questions, tried to complete tasks so others did not have to. I also just tried to breath myself. It is easy to get caught up in the high energy around testing. I know that does not help students, staff or myself.
Tomorrow I hope to walk in calm and settled. The 5th graders are taking their science test before we leave for spring break on Friday. It is one test with 2 parts. They can do this!
We will stretch, breath, say a few positive statements and then login!
Spring – the birds are singing, the plants have just a touch of green, today the air started to warm just a bit and the testing begins!