Today, throughout the state of Florida, students took the FCAT Writes exam. This is a standardized test that assesses the writing skills of all 4th and 8th graders attending public and charter schools. There’s a looooooot of pressure for them to perform well on this test because they’ve been preparing for it the entire school year. I was asked to proctor along with one of my school’s 4th grade teachers… and it was interesting.
20 minutes into the 60 minute test, one little boy places his hands over his face and begins to sob. I took him out into the hallway where he cried profusely and placed his fore arm over his brow. Then he said “I blew it! My mind’s blank! Its over!” Honestly, I understand the stress these kids are under so I really felt badly for this kid-o. I have to admit, though, that his melodramatic way of expressing himself kind of made me bite my lower lip to keep from laughing a little as I tried to soothe him.
He was able to calm down, drink some water and finish the test like a champ after some deep breathing and a little pep talk from yours truly… but, after that, I was feeling drained and in need of a pep talk and some deep breathing myself. So, I did the next best thing! I ate cheesy Italian food with my lovely friend Leslie for dinner.
We had a great time catching up on our latest adventures apart and did some scheming for future adventures together as well. Having fried zucchini, eggplant parmesan and mushroom ravioli was just the icing on the friendship cake 😉
(What?! I’m “carbo-loading” for this weekend’s races, remember??!!)