So, the thing I hate most about the beginning of the year are those stupid ice breakers teachers make kids do. I don’t like “interviewing a partner!” or going around collecting signatures from people who have more than 3 cats or have visited another country. I refuse to do it.
At the start of every year, my students do an assignment called a Word Snapshot. Basically, they make lists of words that are meaningful to them. There are 12 categories, such as foods, TV shows, incidents to remember, hopes, dreams, likes and dislikes (of particular importance to this story) and other things that are important to the student at the time. After making it, they present it to the class, and we learn something about them. I display the posters on the wall, and it makes for a pretty colorful classroom. There’s more detail, but that’s really not important for this incident.
One of my students had her poster out on the desk when I was checking in homework. It was really colorful and creative, see?:
But something weird caught my eye:
So, I asked her why it said, “Testes” on her poster, a little nervous about what she’d tell me.
She very sweetly replied, “Oh, I don’t like taking tests because I get so nervous.”
I can’t say I’m a huge fan of either.