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The Testing Fairy

I wish there was a Testing Fairy, sort of like the Tooth Fairy. She (or he, I’m not sexist) would flit around the world and visit children in their sleep the night before important tests. Maybe adults too, now that I think about it.BookFairyBlueFINALpin

The Testing Fairy would serve two important functions. First, she (for the sake of argument, I’m going with a female fairy here) would impart last minute reminders to the test-taker, and second, she would provide the test-taker with a much needed boost of confidence.

I imagine right now she would be going to all the homes of the fourth graders in my school, slipping silently into their bedrooms for a late night visit. She would only need a moment to do her work, but she would be oh-so-effective. Never again would a child who knows how to multiply forget to put in a zero place holder. Gone would be the days of mixing up metaphors and similes. Writing a five paragraph essay would be as easy as breathing. And the real beauty of this system? The students would lose the anxiety and fear that often come with testing.

The Testing Fairy would spend just a nano-second to remind each one of all that they’ve learned and all that they know. She would assure them that they were good enough, smart enough, and gosh darn it, people like them (with apologies to Stuart Smalley). They wouldn’t base their self-worth on a test score, but they would still feel a sense of accomplishment in doing well. What a perfect situation that would be.

I really think I might be on to something here. If you happen to know any unemployed (or under-employed) fairies looking for a new line of work, please send them my way. Who wouldn’t want to help kids get through all those seemingly endless tests with grace and dignity? Any fairy worth her salt certainly would.


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Busy, Busy, Busy

hi_so_busyMy life these days, recent past and near future:

1. Principal’s day. He deserves a day of his own. Our principal is terrific, and one day out of the year to acknowledge it doesn’t seem like quite enough. In his honor, the kids wrote poems about him and illustrated them. Then they shared their heartfelt greetings on a giant shirt and tie shaped card that one of my fabulous colleagues whipped up. Well done! The same colleague (or a different one, they are both so incredible and do so much that I can’t keep track) even bound all the poems into a book. How cool!

2. Meet writing friend and be amazed by her creativity and her kind and honest heart. She is a breath of fresh air.

3. Go to pot luck graduation party. Mingling isn’t my strong suit, so I stayed pretty much put, but I did really enjoy the conversations I had.

4. Bake bread. For the King Arthur Service learning project, of course.

5. Work on Sunday. For five hours. Good thing I adore the women I work with.

6. Prepare for more testing. Tomorrow is the LAST one. I think. I hope. Yeah, it is.

7. Make art. With the students, of course, for the art walk, of course, which is on an evening that I have another obligation, of course.

8. Prepare something nice for the classroom volunteers, even though I forgot to invite them to the tea when everyone else got invited. Oops.18ix7mf81enazjpg

9. Prepare something nice for Mother’s Day. Oh yay. Macaroni necklace, anyone?

10. Do something fabulous for our wonderful front office staff, since apparently we (as a school) missed the proper day for that (we hang our heads in shame, those two wonderful women deserve better).

11. Bring a delicious dish for tomorrow’s pot luck. Or stop at the store and bring something they’ve made.

12. Work some more next Saturday. Yep, I really do love those girls.

13. Make a scrapbook page for the school nurse (she’s retiring). Shhhh, don’t tell her!

14. Prepare my manuscript (part of it, anyway) to send out to my writing group. This will be the first time I’m sharing it with them. Gulp.

Oh, and continue to do all the regular stuff, like teach and do laundry and go to the grocery store and spend time with my family. Yep, it’s all good. Summer’s coming, I can handle this!


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In Honor of May the Fourth (Star Wars Day)

I know I’m not the only who always loved this scene and was sad that it was cut in the remastered version of Return of the Jedi. Enjoy the innocence of the original Ewok Dance Party. And no, I’m not really that much of a Star Wars geek, but I do love those fuzzy little guys.

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