Day one of our Government Testing
When the students arrived at school today they had a couple of surprises waiting for them.
On their desks was a special note and treat.
We began with the Language booklet (reading and writing) and this little incentive left on their desk gave the students enthusiasm and a positive attitude before even picking up a pencil.
Each day I have a special treat for the students planned for the moment they walk in, but you will have to check back at our blog each day to see what it was, because I don't want to spoil the surprise for my students who follow the blog.
Each year the week before testing I send home a note to parents letting them know about the testing and asking for donations of healthy snacks. In the letter I include the fact that each night I will bake up a storm for the students because they are working so hard.
Today they walked into Mrs. Renaud's famous Cinnamon Chip Oatmeal Cookies.
After day one I am exhausted as I am sure the students are as well.
We have tried changing the order of the language and math booklets this year. We went with all language morning and afternoon for day one. Tomorrow and the last day will be Math in the am and Language in the pm. The students were pretty exhausted after writing just in the morning. We tried it this way because in past years we find on that last day after two full days , the students really run out of interest and energy. I was able to tell a difference in the students answers from the morning to the afternoon. I noticed they were rushing through and not putting down as much information as they did in the morning for their reading and writing questions. Tomorrow should be a bit easier on them, math doesn't require much writing, and the students this year really love to solve problems. I am looking forward to seeing how they do.
Well, I am off to finish what I am baking for tomorrow. Hope you check back to see how things went.