I gave my 4th graders their writing TAKS test (state mandated..blah blah blah...) today. They had to read 4 passages and answer 28 questions on how the passages could be better, find punctuation and grammatical mistakes, etc., AND they had to write a composition (2 pages) on a topic. They had to use adjectives and adverbs and "red flags" and similies, etc. etc. I have been stressing about this damned test for weeks, so I am just glad it is OVER!
I taught all of my 4th graders to meditate this year. I noticed many of them meditating when they would take a 2 minute "mental break" as they worked. It took three students until the final bell rang just now to complete the test, and we started at 8:15 this morning! They are relieved, I am relieved; thank goodness it is over!
Now for the next TAKS tests in April...math and reading! Arrgghh! (Wish us luck!)