It’s been a really long week. It has nothing to do with the blog. Work has been quite stressful. ISAT happened.
I don’t administer the ISAT to my students, but it affects the whole school. The school sort of shuts down.
A few weeks ago, before the test, I ran into a couple students and asked them how they felt about the exam. It’s weird to me that people don’t ask kids how they feel about testing. Feelings drive behavior, no? Anyway, one girl was was completely not fazed. She told me, “I’m not nervous.” Well, I know this student and I know that she is really not bothered by exams. Just so you know, this is not typical for most kids.
The other student (let’s call her Rachel — not her real name) admitted that she was nervous. I asked why. Her response, “I want to go to college. I want to have a happy life.”
Did your breath just catch like mine did? Rachel is in fourth grade. She equates doing well on this test with future happiness…ugh.
I know it wasn’t my place, but I broke it down for her. Looking her straight in the face I said, “Rachel sweetie, you are going to do great on that test. You are very smart. But even if you do terribly, you are going to have a happy life. You are going to go to college.”
You are going to be fine Rachel. Actually we all survived the ISATs.
Heard the song on the radio this morning, matter o’fact: (Anna Nalick):
The song came on just as I was starting my lengthy commute to work…wow, did I need that!
Lunches below the jump… Just click:
So my mom came from out of town bearing a package of teff flour wraps, which I cannot find anywhere locally. They made great little sandwiches. This was my son’s ideal lunch. He ate everything! Daycare menu: cheese ravioli, bread, diced pears, green beans with fruit and yogurt as snacks.
I asked him what he wanted to eat for lunch and he said sandwiches! Also one of you mentioned using goat cheese instead of daiya. My husband has fed our little one goat cheese at home for a month or so, but I take it easy with introduction of stuff so that I can watch for tummy upsets. Well, I think goat cheese is definitely in. I added it to the sandwich wraps. Again he ate everything! Daycare menu: ground beef, rice, bananas, diced carrots, with fruit and blueberry muffins as snacks.
Another hit lunch! It looks meager to me though. Daycare menu: American cheese sandwich, tomato soup, mandarin oranges, peas, with yogurt and wheat bread with soynut butter as snacks.
It was St. Patrick’s day and my kid wore orange to school, but at least there was *some* green in the lunch — in the form of partially frozen peas. The lunch thaws between home and daycare. They also microwave too. I sent along the jello because the other kids were making “green milkshakes” and the front desk was handing out huge green cookies — he needed a treat too. Daycare menu: diced ham, mashed potatoes, applesauce, green beans with fruit and American cheese with crackers
The kale chips are crazy addictive. This time I followed the recipe from Michelle Stern’s new cookbook: The Whole Family Cookbook. I can’t stop shoving them into my mouth. Now they are gone, but I have enough kale in the fridge to make a bunch more this weekend. Don’t be greedy like I was and put too many on a baking sheet. They need their space to get crisp. If they are stacked, they don’t crisp up. My kid loved this lunch and asked for pasta for dinner. We ended up eating buffalo burgers tonight though. Daycare menu: ground beef with pasta in a cheese sauce, bread, diced pears, diced carrots with fruit and ice cream as snacks.