Good morning!

We’ve only been in school a little over a month, and I’m already on my second round of testing. Standardized testing. 

First was MAPs, now it’s SRI. And next is the DLM.  Ans don’t forget to convert your MAPs to Lexile to give to the librarian. 

I feel as if I’ve not only taken on a new job, but I’ve also learned a new language. A foreign language of acronyms specifically fit for the special education environment where I dwell. BTW, SPED is now ESS, Exceptional Student Support 

And then there’s the tests. There’s an acronym for every test. I feel I’m so busy testing, I don’t have time to be teaching. When are there enough hours in the day to teach, so they can learn the material over which they are to be tested? 

I know my seasoned fellow teachers have it all down to a science, but for me, it all feels Greek ro me.

I know those seasoned teachers have mastered the balance, but for me it’s still a constant, overwhelming battle. I’m trying to take each day at a time, keeping my focus always centered on my final test. My final test will not be on a piece of paper over math facts or word counts, but rather a test of all time, from my Maker on how I treated others. How I shared His love. That will be my ultimate test.

How about you? Is that a test you want to walk away from with a pass or a fail grade? I know for me, I will accept nothing less than a passing grade! I hope you feel the same! 

I encourage each of you to do everything in your power to pass your final test. Your test of a lifetime. Following your final breath, God will put you to the test. Your life as you have lived it. Every last detail. 

He will not be tested. Only we will. Let’s all spend the rest of our days preparing. Preparing for our final test. One we all want to pass.

You shall not put the Lord your God to the test, as you tested Him at Massah. Deuteronomy 6:16

Love and laughter, 



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