Outside conditions - It's gray. It's gloomy. It's raining.
Inside conditions - Lights are on. Pencils are sharpened. Gray and gloom are hovering in the air.
I assigned seats. I passed out the testing booklets. I opened up to page one and guided my students through their first ever standardized test for two and a half hours. The directions say we can close their booklets and take a break; I can't get the words out fast enough.
Please stand quietly. As I count to 10 reach for the sky. As I count to 10 touch your toes. As I count to 10 twist your hips. Now 5 shoulder shrugs back. Please sit back down.
My mind wanders outside and I start hoping and at some point one might consider my thoughts to be prayers for the rain to stop. I can see their bodies and minds get tired. I can see them trying to comprehend the amount of verbal directions I keep reading and often repeating. I can see them feeling successful. I can see them feeling puzzled. I can see them feeling hungry. My mind wanders back outside and I continue my hopes and prayers for the rain to stop.
They were answered and we were the first grade level to get outside for lunch recess today. As I took the class outside, we walked more slowly than usual. I think we were all savoring the movement and smell of fresh air and rain. I was grateful the rain stopped so my students could be free and playful.
Thank you Two Writing Teachers for organizing this Slice of Life Story Challenge.