Day 1 of the math AIMS is over. Today is the day that my stress finally became physical… I woke up every hour last night and was dizzy or nauseated or headache-y at various points throughout the day. Usually I deal with stress by doing something about it, but this time I couldn’t. All there was to do was sit and watch the kids, hoping and hoping that they’ve learned anything this year.
Luckily, watching them test actually made me feel really proud of them. They covered their booklets in work and were clearly putting in a lot of effort. It was especially gratifying to see my students who have really struggled in math, because most of them were really carefully working through some difficult calculations. Regardless of how the scores come out (who knows if the calculations matched the questions… or if they made math errors… or if they fell for a trap answer… or if…), the kids in my homeroom have heart and they are willing to fight with this test. I adore them for that.