Teacher Hands Out An Emotional Letter To Her Students Right Before They Take A Test
When Abby Martin, mother of two, found out that one of her children had cried at school one day, she was ready for the worst. Her son Rylan told his mother that he had cried at school, but it wasn’t for anything negative.
Rylan showed his mother a beautiful letter that his teacher had handed out to everyone in the class. The letter was in regards to upcoming tests, which had put some stress on the students.
The teacher wanted to make sure that the kids knew that even if they didn’t do so well in these tests, they were all still champions. She needed for her students to know that these exams didn’t test EVERYTHING about them, and that they were all still very important people in her life, and their family’s life.
The letter read:
Next week you will take your ISTEP test for math and reading, and two weeks after that you will take your IREAD test. I know how hard you have worked, but there is something very important you must know.”
“The ISTEP and IREAD tests do not assess all of what makes you special and unique. The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you like I do, and certainly not the way your families do.
They do not know that some of you speak two languages, or that you love to sing or draw. They have not seen your natural talent for dancing. They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them, that your laughter can brighten the darkest day, or that your face turns red when you feel shy. They do not know that you participate in sports, wonder about the future, or sometimes you help with your little brother or little sister after school. They do not know that you are kind, trustworthy, and thoughtful… and every day you try your very best.
“The scores you will get from these tests will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything. These tests do not define you. There are many ways of being smart. YOU are smart! You are enough! You are the light that brightens my day and the reason I am happy to come to work each day. So, in the midst of all of these tests, remember that there is no way to ‘test’ all of the amazing and awesome things that make you, YOU. All I ask is that you do your personal best and do not give up. You have been working for this since Kindergarten and are ready! I believe in you!