EDUCATION

Teacher turns students' desks into letters of inspiration

  • This Monday, May 2, 2016 photo provided by Crystal Ramirez shows student desks in Chandni Langford's 5th grade classroom, in Woodbury, N.J.  Langford wrote inspirational messages directly on her students' desks on Monday before they started four days of high-pressure, high-stakes Common Core-aligned tests. (Crystal Ramirez via AP)

    This Monday, May 2, 2016 photo provided by Crystal Ramirez shows student desks in Chandni Langford's 5th grade classroom, in Woodbury, N.J. Langford wrote inspirational messages directly on her students' desks on Monday before they started four days of high-pressure, high-stakes Common Core-aligned tests. (Crystal Ramirez via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This Monday, May 2, 2016 photo provided by Crystal Ramirez shows a student's desk in Chandni Langford's 5th grade classroom, in Woodbury, N.J.  Langford wrote inspirational messages directly on her students' desks on Monday before they started four days of high-pressure, high-stakes Common Core-aligned tests. (Crystal Ramirez via AP)

    This Monday, May 2, 2016 photo provided by Crystal Ramirez shows a student's desk in Chandni Langford's 5th grade classroom, in Woodbury, N.J. Langford wrote inspirational messages directly on her students' desks on Monday before they started four days of high-pressure, high-stakes Common Core-aligned tests. (Crystal Ramirez via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This Monday, May 2, 2016 photo provided by Crystal Ramirez shows a student's desk in Chandni Langford's 5th grade classroom, in Woodbury, N.J.  Langford wrote inspirational messages directly on her students' desks on Monday before they started four days of high-pressure, high-stakes Common Core-aligned tests. (Crystal Ramirez via AP)

    This Monday, May 2, 2016 photo provided by Crystal Ramirez shows a student's desk in Chandni Langford's 5th grade classroom, in Woodbury, N.J. Langford wrote inspirational messages directly on her students' desks on Monday before they started four days of high-pressure, high-stakes Common Core-aligned tests. (Crystal Ramirez via AP)  (The Associated Press)

For a classroom of New Jersey elementary school students looking for inspiration before a big test this week, the writing wasn't on the wall. It was on their desks.

A Woodbury teacher wrote inspirational messages directly on her students' desks Monday before they started four days of high-pressure, high-stakes Common Core-aligned tests.

Chandni (SHON'-deh-nee) Langford's fifth-graders walked into class Monday to find messages from her. She wrote to one student: "Learning is your superpower!" She told another: "There is no elevator to success, you must take the stairs!"

Photos of the desks on the district's Facebook page have been shared more than 10,000 times and have been met with comments celebrating the teacher's attempts to encourage her students.

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