I sensed it in my students this morning. Heard it in their whispers and saw it in their eyes. I could tell that as much as most of them enjoy being here in school, they are ready for summer. They just completed their last of a series of government mandated tests, MCAs. (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments) All part of NCLB (No Child Left Behind). No comment at this time.
Today they took the science test on their computers. If the state of Minnesota wants all testing done on line they have a long way to go and some serious hurdles to cross. I am however very proud of my kids, because despite all the technical glitches and waiting, they remained very patient and I could tell they all gave it their best.
Now I am finally counting the days. It's always nice to see the year come to an end, but I know I'll have a difficult time saying good bye to my kids on that last day. Always do, even after eighteen years. Obviously, some you miss more than others. Funny thing about it is, I'll be ready to come back by the beginning of August. Summer is just too long. Did I just say that?
Soon I'll have plenty of time to ride : ) Along with time to prepare and redo curriculum for next year's group of students. Then of course there is that forever growing list of things to do around the house. Ahhhhh! sweet summer.