It is March. It is the first week of standardized testing in Indiana. ISTEP. Hearts of teachers and students beat a little more anxiously during testing weeks. Teachers have taught well. They have built mathematical, reading, and writing confidence. Students have learned well. But anxiety is still there. It is the unknown. It is the state’s “security measures.” It is the test. Remedy: Leave your worries at the door of the classroom. Students write their worries and anxieties on paper and make paper chains, stress chains. Students walk under the stress chains and are reminded that each of their worries are left behind at the door.
Here are some of the worries from fourth graders left at the door:
Will I get a bad grade?
I’m scared I won’t enough time.
Will I know how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide?
I’m nervous I won’t pass.
What if I my eraser runs out and I can’t erase?
I’m scared I’ll forget something.
I’m afraid I won’t come up any ideas for writing.
I’m nervous about reading because I read too fast.
I’ll forget everything.
I might get a wrong answer.
I’m nervous about failing the test.
Pretty big worries for nine and ten year olds. A good lesson for all us and our baggage of worries…leave them at the door.