Teacher Writes Messages On Desks On Testing Day

Teacher Writes Personalized Messages On Each Student’s Desk On Testing Day

Teacher gives a special message to her students on testing day

A New Jersey teacher thought of a brilliant idea to motivate and inspire her fifth grade students before their state exams: write a personalized message to each of them. But they weren’t the usual message — they were written in non-permanent ink on their desks.

When the students arrived to class for testing, this is what they saw:

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Little donut holes, a note about taking their time, and a personalized message for each student. Fifth grade teacher Mrs. Langford wrote each message in dry erase marker so the student could clean it off before testing started.

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“Remember there is no elevator to success, you must take the stairs. You got this!”

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“Learning is your super power! Remember, never stop trying and never stop growing you brain!”

This may seem like a small gesture, but these tests can and are stressing some students out. A third of the psychologists from the 700 schools in New York’s public school system agreed that Common Core testing has translated into students feeling more stressed: “the test anxiety is more common at the elementary-school level… students more often showed “internalized” symptoms such as excessive worry and withdrawal rather than demonstrating “externalized” symptoms, such as increased irritability, frustration and acting out.”

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Reaching out to a student like this and letting them know that they should just relax and do their best probably did more good than this teacher even knows. What a great idea, what a great teacher. She did something above and beyond that day to help her students feel better. It’s that kind of care that makes a good teacher great.

Woodbury Public Schools shared the images on their Facebook page, and they’ve been circulating wildly. Maybe they’ll inspire more teachers — and parents — to remind their children how special they are.