Today was the Constitution test (the exclamation point). The big test. The test the students have to pass to pass 8th grade. There has been lots of stress and tension, some moaning and frazzled nerves around this test for weeks.
The dripping lemon at the bottom is what I give my students for all their tests— lemon oil specifically. I read somewhere that in Japan, the smell of lemon is suffused through the air systems of factories because it seems to help workers stay alert, think more clearly, feel mentally inspired, and stay on task.
Whether it is true or not is beside the point. Its placebo effect does the job. A little lemon oil on the wrist that the students can hold to their noses and breathe in, helps them to feel more control around their capacities as students. It also helps to diffuse the intensity. Many asked for a second helping halfway through the test today.
Well, back to grading the stack of Constitution tests. As it is getting later and later (and I do want to get these tests back to the kids tomorrow), perhaps a little lemon oil on the wrist would be the perfect lift I need to finish them all.