I guess whether you've been teaching 1 year, 10 years or 40 years, state testing is difficult on everyone. As usual, even though I am a kindergarten teacher, I help my Special Education Team during FCAT making accommodations for our Special Education kiddos. That meant my testing days were much longer, often going until 2:30 in the afternoon with a lunch break. By the end of the week, I am pretty pooped too. You want so much for the children to do their very best. At our school we spray "attitude spray" (water) on them each morning to help them remember to have a good attitude throughout the assessment and have the "concentration lotion" (hand lotion) available any time they need a little extra dose! The room smells of peppermint and children ARE allowed to chew gum - all little extras to help stimulate their brains! The kids and the teachers work so hard all year to get ready for that all-important week. Just like you, Courtney, it just wears me out - wishing, hoping and praying, because it's a little too late for much else. It's finally over for this year - Time for a nap!