School is almost over and we should be thinking of vacations and enjoying the summer; however, that truly is not the case.
Our students are nervous and stressed about the CRCT testing and our teachers are far ahead of them in that area.
As of Day 1 in school, CRCT testing is discussed and our work is cut out for us to prepare our children not only for the normal everyday curriculum, but to prepare our children for this mandatory testing.
As a mom, I begin to see the changes in my children as the year goes on. CRCT testing is beginning to be mentioned more frequently and I see the attitude of the children towards school change if they see their grades drop or are not quite sure if they understand this or that.
What if they do not remember it when it comes to April? What if they didn't understand it and didn't ask for help? Finally, April is here, and tummies begin to churn from nervousness.
We, as moms, are changing their normal habits without realizing it. We are getting them in bed a little earlier, getting them up earlier, eating different foods perhaps and at different times just to give them the edge on being prepared.
Now, the shoe is on the other foot - think of it from a teacher's standpoint. They, as well, are preparing from Day 1. What they teach our children goes hand and hand with the testing.
They prepare our children all year. They do not just sit at the head of the class and hand out the test and give instructions. No, they are replaying in their mind, did I teach them everything I needed to? Did I prepare the kids enough? Perhaps I should have....
Think about it, the weight of the world is on their shoulders right now. If their class does not do well, does that mean they failed to teach something, did they not teach it right or not enough? We as parents, as well as the school board, then begin to judge that teacher. What went wrong?
Throughout the whole year, in our eyes, he or she is the best teacher; however, one test score care change our minds in a heartbeat, and is that fair? No.
STRESS is serious whether you are a child or an adult. Why not step back for a few minutes before, during, and after the testing and just go about our normal routine and continue to work with both our students and teachers to make it through this trying time.
Getting overworked will not change things. CRCT testing comes every year whether we are prepared or not. Make sure you are not depriving your body of the necessary energy to get through these trying times. Make sure that your Nervous System is working at 100% to handle this time of the year.
Mom of 5 Children
3770 Due West Road, Suite 200
Marietta, GA 30064