H.S. Students Are Given Shocking SAT Test-Prep Assignment
ShareTap Staff 3/2/2017
Preparing for the SAT or ACT can be an incredibly stressful time for high schoolers who are already sleep deprived and loaded down with homework, not to mention the weight of their extra-curricular activities bringing them down. Students are encouraged to prepare in a variety of ways, whether it's by using the official study workbook, taking practice tests online or working with a tutor.
But one teacher from England had a different idea that's circled around the world...
Mrs. Thom at Bucklebury Primary School was helping her students mentally, emotionally and physically prepare for their upcoming SAT test. When she handed her students a rather lengthy checklist on a Friday with everything they needed to do, the students were overwhelmed. That is, until they actually read the list. The teacher's assignment has recently gone viral because of its unusual content.
The checklist contained test prep assignments such as going on a bike ride, eating ice cream, hanging out with friends and simply to smile. Mrs. Thom advised the students not to do any of the activities for more than an hour, though, so they didn't fall off task. Then she ended her checklist with a reassuring and heartfelt note.
"Mrs. Thom is in charge of worrying - you don't need to. You are all amazing and I couldn't be more proud of you."
Bucklebury Primary School shared the checklist on Twitter where it has been retweeted 304 times with more than 450 likes. Then an EYFS teacher shared the tweet on her Facebook page, where it's spread even further. There, it's drawn more than 81,000 likes and has been shared more than 71,000 times.
One parent, , posted that her daughter was in Mrs. Thom's class and they thoroughly enjoyed fulfilling those assignments. They offered a nice distraction from such a stressful time. It also was a way she could help her daughter during a crucial time in her high school academic career.
"We have spent a happy day ticking lots of those boxes. I'm passionate about Bucklebury School, a school that believes in growing the whole child."
According to Marilee Jones, dean of admissions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Dr. Kenneth R. Ginsburg, such standardized test results do have an impact on college admittance, but they feel the tests are overemphasized. The two wrote in their book Less Stress, More Success: A New Approach to Guiding Your Teen Through College Admissions and Beyond about the stress swirling around these tests.
"Although they are very helpful to admissions officers as indicators of a student's ability to perform well under stress and to code and decode, SAT scores do not define your intelligence, your talent or your worth as a person."
Jones and Ginsburg noted in their book that it is important to prepare for an upcoming test, but no one should panic over the results. In fact, everyone prepping for the lengthy Saturday morning tests should intersperse study sessions with the activities on Mrs. Thom's checklist. Those little breaks will help fuel their body and mind for better test-taking results.
Sources: AOL News, Twitter/Bucklebury School, Facebook/Eyfs Matters, American Academy of Pediatrics Image Source: Twitter/Bucklebury School, Facebook/Eyfs Matters