Standardized testing is killing education. Fundamentally, I do not have a problem with accountability or standardized tests. But, the high stakes that are attached to the scores create the wrong motivation for learning. Because of testing (and I would add teacher evaluations), education is not about learning, but preparing. For a test. And students often get the mistaken idea that their worth is tied to their scores. Ugh.
So, let’s pray for our students and lift them up when they are feeling their worst. Besides, we are not allowed to do anything else while “actively monitoring” anyway. Win-win.
Below is a list of silent prayers to pray over your testing students that I originally posted to my Instagram (@the.efficient.classroom).
And, most importantly…
I have created printables of the above prayers so that I can discretely carry them around as I actively monitor. I have created cards that can be printed in color, cards that are BW for easy printing and would be great on colored paper, and a one-pager of all the prayers. If you would like to get a free copy, please click here for the silent prayer printables.
Lastly, if you are looking for more ways to connect with your students, read about how my students and I participate in our school food drive.