Well, it appears that we have successfully made it through round 1 of our state testing. We have spent the last three mornings testing reading and math. WOW did those kiddos amaze me. If you have never watched students who have been told for weeks that "you know this!" "you will do GREAT!" "you are all smart cookies" take these state tests, you need to. These kids worked so hard on these tests. I couldn't be more proud. It was interesting this year because the state threw out a new mandate saying the regular teacher can not administer the test to their own students. So partner teacher and I had to switch rooms for all three mornings. Now, partner teacher and I have very similar tastes in organization....that being that we sort of have to be organized in order to survive. We were not thrilled about the idea of not having "our" stuff for the mornings. So I packed my largest bag and he packed up a box and switch rooms we did. It was the sweetest feeling to again back my bag this morning and return to my room. AH! His room is fantastic, but it's not "my room", it's not "my bucket of pens", etc. Those of you who share our borderline OCD organizational skills will fully understand.
But our kids, man oh man, did they work hard! We had the most beautiful weather for March for our area!! 65+ degrees each afternoon and we took them out to play. I am proud (and fully thrilled!) to say that I have a slightly sun burned face....glorious, yes?! In MARCH?!!!!! I'm tickled pink.
I put my 18 munchkins on their bus tonight and breathed a sweet sigh of relief. We all made it....including me :) Tomorrow is an in-service day for us....while most people seem to prefer to skip these days, I am rather enjoying them.
So, until next week....Happy teaching!