Just wanted to write up a quick post during “testing season” to pass on a few tips on how I keep my students on point during testing time.
A lot of kids tend to get the testing jitters, even though they won’t admit it. To help out, give ’em a little boost of confidence each day before going onto the battle field.
1. Calming Music: Usually there is a little lag time before testing. If possible, I play a little classical instrumental music while the kids are waiting to start. I also enjoy the Jack Johnson (kids) Pandora station.
4. Motivation (or bribery): Give them some kind of “prize” at the end of testing, such as a game day or a pizza party. I have to read the tests to my students, so to ensure they follow along with me for each question, I do a checklist on the board each day (I check off for every 5 questions they are still following along with me). If they kept up with me the whole 4 days, they get the reward. I don’t deal well with “rushing” or “guessing” and this form of bribery has never done me wrong.
5. Light at the end of the tunnel: I love these little “O-fish-ally done!” packs using either Swedish fish (below) or Goldfish crackers for the last day of testing.
I’m sure your students will do amazing on the test! Give them a little help by incorporating some of these things during that week!