This week kicks off the STAAR tests for spring of 2013. As both a mom of a tester and supporter of those Lions giving the test…I hope to impress upon both that their value or success doesn’t have anything to do with what happens this week.
As a 4th grade teacher (three tests!) I remember the long days, the short days, the days where some students didn’t eat and acted as such, the days where someone’s grandparent passed away and all we did was talk and cry, the days where it was just too pretty to sit inside. I remember having an administrator who valued ME, and didn’t place any importance on my skill as a teacher based on the results of a test.
So, LL’s as we move forward, know that what is done this week will reflect on how you’ve handled yourself ALL year. The late afternoons, the early mornings, and the tears that you’ve put into these students…way more important than an arbitrary test score.
That being said…go home early. Get to bed early. Have a yummy breakfast. It’s all down hill from here!