Hello Everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! I had a relaxing Spring Break and simply enjoyed taking in the first signs of Spring! As I prepare to head back to work on next week, I can't help but think about the testing season that awaits students in most states across the country. State testing can be very stressful for both the students and teachers. This time of year is really a culmination of the work that students have learned in a year; it's a time to show their understanding of standards that are aligned with state guidelines. While students are assessed frequently during the school year, state assessments tend to weigh more heavily on school districts. Scores on state test play a key role in determining accreditation status. Of course stakeholders want students to shine because they know the students are capable of achieving success, but they can't do well if they are not prepared. One way that teachers can review specific standards can be through hands-on activities and games! That's right...you can review for the upcoming state assessment while making it fun for your students! Below are a few resources that you can try in your classroom in order to make test review less stressful for everyone.
Activities for Test Review
Team Competitions- this article highlights some great ideas you can incorporate in class to review for state testing.
Quiz, Quiz, Trade-this cooperative learning technique builds student confidence while encouraging participation from all learners.
Scoot-watch this video as you are given directions for a game that's sure to get all your students moving around the room.
Test Taking Strategies
Tips for taking a test- I encourage teachers to show this short video prior to taking a test; there's definitely a positive message for students.
Test Prep & Review-This article by the National Education Association highlights important tips for both parents/guardians and students when it comes to test prep.
These are just a few resources that I share with teachers when preparing for assessments, as always I hope you find them useful. As we move closer to test season please be reminded that your students are more than a test score, they are entrusted into your care everyday. It's what you do beyond a state test that has the biggest impact on your students...so make your impact a positive one! Until next time...go out there and be GREAT!
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