Our final SOL is a week from today (May 31st). It's the Math exam. I've already been asked by my students what breakfast I would be making and by friends what 'catch phrase' would be on their plates. If you have any ideas, feel free to share! (I'm thinking something along the lines of "I'm going BANANAS for good test scores!") Thoughts?
Although I try to stay as positive and encouraging as possible, there are a few times where I almost lost it. To close, let me share with you a few questions teachers do NOT want to hear on testing day:
1) (10 minutes after being in the classroom, seeing me in my testing shirt, while eating their "Brainy Breakfast") Do we have an SOL today? No, this is just what we do every morning, right?
2) What SOL do we have today? Well, considering I've been announcing for about 3 weeks that our first SOL was Reading, it says on the board that today we have the Reading SOL, the calendar has had a "Reading SOL" square on May 23rd since the beginning of the month, I'm going to go ahead and guess that maybe we have the Reading SOL. Just a hunch.
3) (Halfway through the Social Studies SOL...) Have we learned this yet? Considering this is the cumulative test for the entire 4th grade curriculum, I would sure hope so! But, let's be honest, I can't vouch for what you've LEARNED, I can only account for what I've taught. And yes, I have taught this.