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Who's under the most pressure during these days of high-stakes testing—the students, or the teachers? Sure, the kids are the ones who are actually obligated to produce answers under pressure, but TeacherTalk blogger Erica Jacobs writes that testing time is no picnic for the educators, either:

It’s four days until the test. Four days. Each May I suffer from test anxiety. One hundred six of my charges will be sitting for the Advanced Placement Literature exam this Thursday. Ironically, students seem relaxed; I am the basket case... The words every teacher dreads are: “The test was easy.” That means student and teacher alike are doomed.

Her stress is, at least partially, tied up in one student's practice essay test:

In the “dry run” test last week, one otherwise intelligent student wrote on 1984 when he could have chosen any novel or play. The problem? He couldn’t remember the main character’s name: “For the purposes of this essay, I will just call him Bob.”

Let's hope that on the real test, "Bob" doesn't make another appearance.

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Do you guys know that Teacher Appreciation Week is just round the corner? (7th May, 2006 to 13th May, 2006) Yeah! I know everyone is busy with their schedules, jobs and responsibilities in general. But, just think back on the days when you needed that small pat on your back or a word of encouragement and your teacher was ever ready to give it to you. So why not give your favorite teacher a surprise now by showing your appreciation on this special occasion.

And what are you planning to do? Need Ideas? Well, I have the solution. Just visit Teacher-appreciation.info. It’s the coolest website on teachers that I have come across. It’s got great ideas on just what to tell or give your teacher and also has contact addresses of different Teacher Associations all over the world. So what are you waiting for, go ahead, check out what you want to do for your teacher and just watch their faces glow with happiness.

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