Anyone who went to school remembers the stress of exam season.
The studying, the cramming–the prospect of the dreaded “blank-out”–it was a scary time. That’s why we love what one teacher in the U.S. did for her students as they came into class to write the PARRC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) standardized test.
Since we don’t write this test in Canada, we thought we’d explain why kids have the right to be a little freaked out before they complete it. Not only does the test determine if students can move onto the next grade, it lasts an intimidating seven days.
To take some the edge off, Chandni Langford (AKA Teacher Extraordinaire) wrote personalized, motivational messages directly on each student’s desk with dry erase markers at Evergreen Avenue Elementary School in New Jersey. Each desk was also outfitted with two small donuts, so kids “donut stress”.
“Learning is your superpower!” one reads. “Remember, never stop trying and never stop growing your brain!”
“Remember, there is no elevator to success, you must take the stairs. You got this!” another one says.
Since photos of the inspirational quotes were posted on Facebook, they’ve received more than 20,000 shares while the comment section has been practically flooded with praise.
“Mrs. Langford, this is brilliant! What a way to motivate your students. Why weren’t you my teacher? I love you for this! You deserve an award and more teachers should model this approach,” one commenter wrote.
Looks like if any deserves a good grade on this test, it might actually be the teacher.