Around this time of the year, especially, standardized testing puts a lot of stress and anxiety on our students. Even though a moderate amount of pressure helps to prepare them for the rigorous demands of college and the working world, I think we can all agree that kids need time to be kids. It's just as important in their development as all the tests and classroom learning.
Mrs. Thom, a Primary teacher at Bucklebury Primary School in Great Britain, makes it a point to ensure her students are taking time to be kids. Her weekend homework assignment, which has recently gone viral on Facebook, instructs students to go outside and exercise, try something they've never tried, read a book, eat candy & ice cream, and the list goes on.
She encourages her students to enjoy themselves, not to spend any of their free time worrying, just go have some fun being a kid.
"It is vital that you use your weekend time wisely," she says.
"If you feel you have to, you may revise, BUT you can only do this for a maximum of one hour total."
The photo of her assignment was posted on the Facebook page Eyfs Matters, and received thousands of comments from parents and teachers. Here's a letter that was shared in one of the comments, from a school to students and parents around testing time:
Other comments came from parents who also support this mentality, and from teachers speaking out about how saddened they feel that our education system puts this kind of pressure on the kids.