If your students are getting ready to take the state tests, you may be wondering what you can do to help them prepare. Luckily, there are a number of things you can do. Test prep is important for students of all ages and learning levels. There is more that goes into test prep than just the material itself. For example, many students get nervous about tests or have a difficult time concentrating. Over the past 15 years, I have been in testing grade levels. It is sometimes a headache but I try to stay positive. I do know that bombarding students with practice tests is NOT fun for the teacher or the students. Therefore, as a teacher we want to focus on growing our students but not overwhelming them.
for exams can be overwhelming, especially for children in younger grades.
Rather than dumping all of the practice tests on them at once, it’s important
to spend time reviewing one area each day. Here are some tools that can help
your students: click here to preview.
Focus on trouble areas. Are you finding that more of your students
are struggling with math? If so, you will want to focus on this a little bit
more during your test prep.
Teach kids test taking strategies. Give them tips on what to do when they feel
unsure of an answer, such as making their most educated guess and moving onto
the next question. I developed some strategies that help my students. Seeing
these displayed is often a simple reminder for them. Click here to see these.
Focus on the positives. Remind the students how far they have come
this year. Have them write out all the things they are proud of knowing and
learning. Get students to create motivational quotes to motivate each other. I
use these Growth Mindset Posters and let them create their motivational posters, they enjoy this.
Ask for help from parents. Let them know when you will be doing your
state test preparation and ask them to make sure that their child is
well-rested and eats a well-balanced breakfast. You will want to do the same
thing during the week of state testing. Parents appreciate these tips. Click below for a freebie I send home to parents.
created resources that takes the pressure of everyday testing practice. Many of
my activities are interactive activities that tests students on the same skills
but in different ways. For example, I use higher level thinking skills to check
for understanding of skills. You can check out a variety of resources I use for
with any text. 2 sets of Mentor Reading Texts with higher level thinking
questions, Reading Graphic Organizers.
many sets including monthly sets with fiction, nonfiction and poetry to use for
weekly assessments or other activities.
prep students for Writing Testing. Lots of prompts providing different practice
encourage our students, so these are positive for testing prep season!
Here is a freebie I send home to
parents just to remind parents of test taking information and helpful