From the NTC blog from Spring, 2012:
JoAnne Kazis and Caitlin Florschutz, elementary school teachers who co-teach together at the Memorial-Spaulding School in Newton shared something recently which I thought was inspirational and well worth sharing with the New Teacher Community.
JoAnne and Caitlin wrote a letter to their students. Writing a letter like this was inspired by an idea from the 1998 Massachusetts teacher of the year, Mary Ginley.
Joanne has graciously allowed me to share her version of the letter that she and Caitlin read to students right before they took the MCAS this year. She revises the letter each year with details that relates to the class she is teaching and notes, “It just serves as a reminder to them that MCAS just shows one thing, but not everything.”
“Dear Super Star Students of Room 205,