10) Standing around, with nothing to do but watch kids quietly take a test, is practically another mini-Christmas.
9) Gives me a chance to see how students other than my own can do on difficult, tricked-up, culturally-biased questions.
8) My psychic ability gets a workout when I predict who will be next to ask to use the restroom.
7) I enjoy witnessing Einstein's Theory of Relativity in action, where every 5 minutes seems like 2 hours.
6) It's just about the only chance I get the time to quietly count pi out to 254,000 places.
5) As an army of one, I do less all morning than most people do before 9 AM.
4) I swell up with pride every time I hear that one of my students finished their test in 30 minutes without showing any work -- that's like doing a crossword puzzle in ink!
3) Sometimes I fall asleep and wake to find that I'm a giant blue creature on another world -- watching giant blue kids quietly working on a test.
2) With half the day devoted to testing, and shortened periods with my classes, there's not as much time for the kids to waste each day.
1) There is always the knowledge that next week will NOT be a benchmark week.