I teach some of the coolest kids in all of Denver.
Today I took them to the computer lab to take a reading test. They answer a bunch of questions, then the computer program gives them a number that tells them what their lexile scores are. We use the scores to determine whether they're performing at, above, or below grade level.
I had them look at their scores from the beginning of the year so they would know how much higher their scores should be at this point in the school year. Many of them were above grade level in the fall, so they were aiming to increase their scores in order to show improvement.
Some were not that excited (the computer lab was like a sauna) and they sort of rushed through it. Some, however, took it very seriously and knew just what score they were aiming for.
One of the last boys to finish is somewhat of a perfectionist. He likes to do everything he does really well. When he reached the end and saw his score, he was overjoyed. He jumped up and shouted: "Go to work!" while pumping his arms like a bodybuilder.
I cracked up.
And I felt totally proud of him.
Like I said, I teach some of the coolest kids in all of Denver.