excited. Neither are you, for that matter. It’s hard to get behind a day in
which your students are miserable, you don’t get to teach them anything, and
the results of their bored labor can and will be used against you.
genuinely engage in the process of standardized testing, whether or not they
can ever genuinely enjoy it.
songs, and victory chants. Why shouldn’t your class have the same? Invite
students to nominate a class pump-up theme song as a homework assignment. Have
them choose a song and explain why it will help the class get ready for the
test. Then let the class vote on which song to use. Download it and play it in
the week or weeks leading up to testing. Play it as students walk in for the
students to play in the week or weeks leading up to the testing that engages
the test content in a fun and interesting way.
As you build student’s enthusiasm for the games, remind them that the
test is just another way to show their mastery of the material they are doing
such a great job with in class. If you don’t already have a game generator you like, consider using Kahoot.
doesn’t like to win a prize? As testing gets close, let students brainstorm
with you to come up with ways they can earn points throughout the testing.
before the test?
and not zone out?
it on your way in to the test?
focused throughout the test
they can (if you have a lot of students, just print the same one for everyone!). Add whatever you want,
whatever you think will make the arduous process of standardized testing just a
little bit nicer for them. It doesn’t have to cost much.
everyone to wear it on test day. Hand out wristbands. Brainstorm a slogan and
bring in a hilarious stuffed animal to
be the team mascot. Make t-shirts. Bring pom poms – why not? Taking a
standardized test is isolating. Not only is it long and lonely, but its
essential nature is judgmental. Helping students feel they are part of the
class team and you are their coach and cheerleader every bit of the way can
only help break down some of that pressure and stress.
bit by letting them think about it in a funny and creative way. Offer journal
prompts relating to testing in the days preceding it, like:
standardized test of her superhero ability. Describe the test and how she
day was going to go well when I opened the packet and saw the words: You have been chosen. Quietly put down your
pencil and walk through the blue door that has just appeared in the wall.”
would you test? What would be on the test? What would be the point?
good at taking the standardized testing coming up at our school (Hermione
Granger? Katniss Everdeen? Ender Wiggin?). Imagine what it would be like if he
or she showed up at our school for the test. Write the story of the day.
play the class theme song as students work on creating test prep Kahoots or
other games. You can let students print the class slogan across the top of
their Challenge cards. You can put a little picture of the mascot you’ve chosen
in their good luck kits. As you go over the types of material that will be on
the test and the structure of the testing, talk to your students sincerely about your
hopes for them and for your school, and about how important it is to you to be
a good coach and cheerleader for them in this. Ask them how you can help, and
remind them that the challenge cards and prizes are all part of making the
process fun so you can all help the school by doing your best.
I know your life is busy, so I’ve put together a free packet for you with a class challenge card, “I Know You Can Do It Cards,” and three printable writing prompts. Just put in your e-mail below and I’ll send it along!