My son is a fifth grader.
School started yesterday, which means this will be Ryan’s last year at his elementary school and then it’s off to middle-school.
But I don’t want to rush ahead. We have 180 days of fifth grade to experience first. And like in years past, I’d like to share with you memories of my own fifth grade year. (To remind you, you can click here to read about my fourth grade experiences and click here to read about my life in third grade).
I had the same teacher for fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. Ryan has had a new teacher each year. My elementary school went up to sixth grade, so unlike Ryan, at this stage I wasn’t yet looking ahead to middle school.
And though I was in fifth grade back in the 1980s, one thing remains the same. All fifth graders are still required to complete the fifth grade physical education fitness test.
Unlike Ryan’s school, my elementary school didn’t have a physical education teacher. When I was in elementary school, our classroom teachers took their classes out for P.E. once in a while, usually on Fridays, and usually as a reward for good behavior. We didn’t train and practice for this physical fitness test.
Luckily, Ryan’s school has a group of physical education coaches. They have been training for this test since kindergarten, slowly building up the endurance needed to run a mile.
And when it comes time for this test, I’ll give Ryan the same words of encouragement I always give him for any test: Do your best.
Because really, no matter what grade you’re in, no matter what you’re being tested on, that’s the only thing you can do.