The sounds of snoring pervades the ultra quiet computer lab…disrupting the subtle sounds of fingers click clacking away on computer keyboards.

Several students look over and snicker, distracted for a quick moment from the ever exciting test they are currently taking to see who is the culprit behind the snoring…

A young man with his head still up, facing the key board…eyes struggling to stay open and focus… head starting to tilt forward. I quickly head his way, pausing from my millionth lap around the room, and kneel down beside him.

Gentle hands tap him on the shoulder…”Everything okay over here?” “Ugh, Ms. Geijer- this test is killing me today! I didn’t sleep well last night and its so warm…I’m sorry,” murmured the student apologetically.

I totally understood…the warm computer lab, the humming lullaby of the computers, the not so exciting test immediately after lunch. It was even making me ready for  nap!

A quick pep talk and a drink of water- and my guy was back in his seat, ready to refocus as best he could.

Poor kids….PARCC testing is never any fun…for anyone!


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