Standardized testing is an incredibly stressful time for students. While it doesn’t necessarily count against their grades in school, it’s an assessment that many analyze to view a child’s ability.
Keeping this in mind, Chandhi Langford, a fifth grade teacher at Evergreen Avenue Elementary School in Woodbury, New Jersey, chose to do something surprise. When students walked into class the morning of PARRC standardized testing, they were shocked to find handwritten notes on each of their desks.
The best part? Each note is personalized and addressed to each individual student.
Langford wanted to encourage her fifth grade students before they took their exams. She emphasized how the results of the tests are “worth so much more than just a test grade.” Langford explains that the messages are a result of her belief in the “growth mindset,” which is the belief that abilities “aren’t necessarily innate and can actually be developed through hard work and effort rather than just innately.”
Langford says, “”I want my kids to know that I appreciate them and that I believe they can achieve anything they want to. And for me, it doesn’t matter if they don’t do well or even if they fail — as long as they were trying their hardest, learn from their mistakes and do better in the future.”
What Langford did for her students is touching the hearts of thousands throughout the country. Her messages have gone viral, and I hope other teachers join in!