Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
Hi poets and teachers–Over these last weeks of school, I’m sharing several poems from my new collection, The Heart of a Teacher. Today’s short poem is a sad one (but others are funny or sarcastic or celebratory–they aren’t all negative:>)
I have to admit, I always loved standardized tests when I was a kid. They were a change from the routine and involved sitting and reading for hours at a time. They were fun and easy and positive reinforcement for me. But that is NOT the experience of most kids today, as the amount of stress students (and teachers) experience over testing has skyrocketed. Since I visit lots of schools in April, I see lots of students just before or after testing. Some take it in stride, but for others, it’s just confirmation that they are failures. It’s hard to see students and teachers so beat down by testing.
On a more positive note(!), don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with amazing poet/educator Julie Larios.