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Today's post is both a slice and certainly a celebration!
I am blessed to have a small Bible study group which meets before school once a week. The husband of one of our teachers is a pastor, and he leads the group. He usually shares a lesson based on a scripture passage. We celebrate life's blessings, share tears, and laugh and pray together. Teaching is not easy, and this group gives me the support that is needed to sustain a positive attitude. Many weeks it is the highlight of my day.
This week was our state testing and as much as we try to keep things on an even keel, this week has been anything but that.
We started our week with a snow day on Monday (our tenth!), a two-hour delay on Tuesday, and a one-hour delay on Wednesday. Testing was delayed a day, and the kids and teachers have been stressed. To top all of that, we are in our second week of hour-long extended days to make up for the snow days. Needless to say, it has been a long week for everyone.
As always, we prayed for our students, our principal and each other.
"God, please help our students to understand they are made of more than just a test score."
His words lifted me, yet also haunted me that day. I had students in tears and literally sick this week because of their fear of not passing this test. The pressure placed on these students diminishes their unique personalities, their love of learning, and the reason they are in school in the first place. These scores do not define who they are.
Being a kid during testing week is not easy. My students have been real troopers! They are my super heroes! And not a single score can tell me otherwise!