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FC: By: Lara Friedman, Allison Hoffman Kaitlin Maclay | Outgrowing the Test
1: He was in 3rd grade at the local elementary school. | Charlie lived in Baltimore.
2: Charlie loved going to school to see his favorite teacher, Ms. D. Today, Ms. D was going to teach about the growth cycle of a plant.
3: Charlie could barely wait for school, his mom had to yell as he ran out the door, "You forgot your lunch!"
4: Science was Charlie's favorite subject. When he got to class, Ms. D. was already prepared with instructions for their next project.
5: “Today class, we will be planting our own seeds! Each day we will take care of our special plants and watch them grow!”
6: Charlie was so excited, he could hardly wait! He rushed to the front of the line to grab a cup and a few tiny seeds.
7: “Ta-dah!” Charlie exclaimed. He was proud of his new science project and could not wait to record what would happen in the days to come.
8: Charlie kept a watchful eye on his plant. Nothing happened, but Charlie still hoped! He would water it and give it sunlight each day.
9: Throughout the week, Ms. D continued to teach the students about caring for plants and the process of photosynthesis- how they eat and produce energy.
10: When Charlie came into class the next week, something was quite different about the room. There were rows instead of tables, and thick packets sitting on top of them.
11: Ms. D went to the front of the room and said, "Children please take your seats, I have an important announcement to make."
12: "Unfortunately we will have to take a break from our plants, because we must prepare for a big test that the whole state has to take."
13: Over the next few weeks, the children became restless and lost interest in school. Even Charlie started to fake sick and asked his mother if he could stay home. On the third day that Charlie asked to stay home, Charlie's mom decided to call Ms. D.
14: The next day, when Charlie went to class he noticed a small table set up in the back by the window.
15: Ms. D called all the students to her desk. "A little bird told me that school was boring and no one wanted to come see me anymore! So today I thought that we would take a break from testing and spend some time with our plants."
16: Charlie and his classmates were so excited to see their plants again. Ms. D had been taking care of them all along!
17: Each of the cups had grown a little green sprout and the students continued to watch them grow as the year went on.
18: When the test results came back, Ms. D was pleased to announce that they had received the best score in the county on the science section. | As a result of her hard work and interactive learning methods, Ms. D was awarded "Teacher of the Year" at Charlie's elementary school.