Think back to your childhood and I'm willing to bet you can think of at least one teacher who made all the difference to you. Maybe you were the best student in that class because of that special teacher, or maybe they just inspired you to do things you didn't think you were able to do before.
For me, that was probably my English teacher in junior year of high school. She made me think about things with more perspective, and I learned how to express myself creatively to vent my feelings. Her class and her teachings really changed my trajectory in life. That's just what great teachers do - they make a difference.
Chandni Langford is a fifth-grade teacher in New Jersey's Woodbury School System. She's committed to supporting her students in any way she can, and that dedication recently became the subject of a massively viral Facebook post.
As the school year starts coming to a close, it's time for kids across the country to undergo the dreaded yearly ritual of standardized testing. Each state has their own version of these tests. In New Jersey, it's called PARCC.
These tests are pretty stressful for the students, so Mrs. Langford had a brilliant idea to bring a little relief...
PARCC regulations require all written materials in a classroom to be covered up prior to testing, so she wrote the messages using dry-erase markers that could easily be wiped up before the test started.
She wrote a unique message for each student, catering it to their own special needs and learning styles.
She signed each message as "Your Teachers," as opposed to just her own name, in order to help the kids feel that everyone is rooting for them to succeed. She also left a pair of donut holes on each desk as a treat, along with a note that read, "Donut stress. Take your time and do your best!"
The school was also quick to applaud Mrs. Lanford's efforts. The school system's official Facebook page posted the pictures of her messages, which quickly went viral and received thousands of likes and shares in a matter of days.