Day One of EQAO Testing

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.
Thank You


  1. Our grade 3's started EQAO today! Your students must love your generosity!
    Grade 4 Buzz

    1. Dear Lisa,
      I find generosity is contagious. I have had so many parents send in things to share over the last two days, it truly has been wonderful.
      To answer your question though, they do love it when I bake for them, and they really appreciate the time I put in. What a great bunch of students I have. :)
      Thank you for your comment.

  2. I love that you are baking for your students! I may ask you to share your cinnamon chip recipe! ;D

  3. Hi Cathi,
    Absolutely I will share it. I will post it in a couple of days when I have had time to print it up for you. :)

    I have so much fun baking for the students and know you would do the same, you are such an incredible baker.



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