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“What’s Wrong With You, Mrs. AuburnChick?”

During 7th period on Wednesday, one of my students asked, “What’s wrong with you, Mrs. AuburnChick?”

I was sitting in my rolling chair in front of the class…very uncharacteristic of me.

I had not been feeling well for three days…suffering from an ongoing stomachache.

Thus, I thought my student was referring to my not feeling well.

He clarified by saying, “You’re being so relaxed and not doing anything to be annoying.”

Ahem.

Kids.

What he meant was that I had been “chill” this week instead of spazzing out because of FCAT next week.

I told him that I felt that, with the exception of the figurative language unit we were finishing up this week, I had probably prepared my classes as much as I could for FCAT given the time allotted.  I also told him I saw no reason to stress everyone out by being all crazy.

He nodded his head in understanding.

My motto has always been to keep on with a regular routine the week before FCAT.

We have been reviewing our skills but in a low-key manner…one big passage and question a day using the results of the most recent Discovery Education progress monitoring test students took before Spring Break.  I pulled the questions most of my students had missed and have been helping my kids work through them to understand why they missed the questions the first time.

Very low-key.

I really enjoy these conversations with my students because they reveal how much my students notice the big and little things and how much they appreciate a relaxed classroom (and a relaxed teacher).

My students see me being reflective as well.  They know I am open to their viewpoints, even when I don’t necessarily agree with them.

Good stuff.

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