It’s FCAT season here in Florida.  The students have to endure a full week of testing.  There is so much pressure on these kids that sometimes I wonder if it’s really beneficial to the education system.  Sure, it shows where the weaknesses are, but is that really the schools fault?

My opinion is that it starts at home.  If a child doesn’t have a good foundation of a routine how can they learn how to learn, study and be successful.

I remember going to bed at 8pm.  It sucked!  It was still light out and I had to go to bed.  I talk to the kids at school and they tell me how they were up until 11:45-12-12:30.  WHAT?!?  No wonder they can’t focus.  That is way too late.  I don’t even stay up that late and I want to. I know that if I’m going to be a functioning person I need my 8 hours of sleep. I’m weird about my sleep though…I love it!

As an interpreter, testing week means a lot of sitting around hoping the students want you to interpret the question (during math and science).  Today and tomorrow is reading which means no interpreting what so ever…lots of sitting and staring into space.  Today I sang, in my head, The Love Boat theme, Beethoven’s 7th Symphony and the Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.  Hoping I can change the “head shuffle” tomorrow 🙂


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