Tomorrow is the beginning of our state test. Woohoo!
To be perfectly honest, I don't really think to much about it. I do my job throughout the year, teach the kids what I can, and keep high expectations for all of them. I expect them to all do well and they usually do. I always tell people that I have never been surprised by any results of the state test unless pleasantly. That's when I ask, "How on God's earth did you manage to pass?" and tell the student, "You should be down on your knees thanking whatever angel was sitting on your shoulder!"
Anyways, tomorrow we start with math. So today we did a bit of reviewing of some of our common vocabulary words such as perimeter, area, congruency, symmetry, and so on. One of our math review problems asked about an array something we haven't really covered yet in 3rd grade. We spent a good 15 minutes discussing arrays, drawing arrays, writing multiplication sentences from arrays, and doing all things arrays. We move on to another math topic for a few more minutes and then it's time for me to call a group of students to go pack up.
My classroom is set up in groups of six, two people facing each other so,
I say, "E's table go get your backpacks and pack up".
Smart math student says, "Mrs. Tuttle, you should have said E's Array go pack up" ((pat myself on the back for getting students to learn and apply new information))
Another student chimes, "Why would she say that?"
Smart student, "Because our desks are in arrays."
Other student, "What's an array??" ((bangs head on desk because some information just doesn't quite make it to where I hope it goes!!))