All year we have learned skills. Now we are beginning to really apply those skills in real world situations and solve word problems. Starting in March, we will begin the rigorous task of training for TCAP. Therefore, students will have to take many practice tests and will be asked to constantly jump from one skill to another. This can be difficult for many students. In addition, many of the problems will require students to combine skills with multiple steps. Practice is the key to confidence, so we will be working hard and talking through problems together to break them down and develop a "plan of attack". Please don't let your child get discouraged (I will cheer them on as much as I can during the day). Some students grades may falter a bit as the rigor of questions increases, but I am certain that every student will ultimately be ready to conquer TCAP in April. The students have the tools; now they just need to learn how to apply them. Thanks for all your support as we begin to prepare for the "Superbowl of tests." Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you might have.