Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spark Student Motivation: Test Taking Goodies

Happy Saturday Friends! My Spring Break is coming to an end even though I'm still in denial!
When we get back we will need to be super focused because we have our big state testing in 10 DAYS!
To get them excited about test day, I have created many goodies over the years. The first thing we will do is start our countdown. Each day we will flip a number over (I hole punched the cards and put them on book rings to hang in the front of our classroom). It's a great visual to remind them we need to be serious and every second we have to review is valuable!

I will have them sign a pledge after we have a discussion of the importance of showing how smart you are on the test! I love hearing their thoughts on testing (good & bad). Each student signing the pledge makes it a team effort, we're all in it together.  I made posters for attendance too-I want them to know I appreciate everyone being present and on time! I know there are several acronyms for testing, but I wanted something to match my style and my classroom, so...I created SPARKLE! Sooooo excited about this! (Do you see the sparkle paper to match??!!)
Acronyms have always been a great tool for me to remember important things!

To make testing review fun, each student will use their response cards to show their answers. Quick, easy check for me too! And, of course I like the little incentives to help distract their fears and nervousness! I send home notecards for parents to write words of encouragement for the day of the test and my students write each other words of wisdom too. Again, it's a TEAM effort! Parents getting involved helps prepare them at home (I also send home a parent test taking tips).
They will also get a door hanger to tell everyone they're going to bed early to be ready for testing-they like this because it keeps their siblings out of their room! :)
I know many of my students will still be a little nervous (I get nervous too), but at least we can make these next ten days fun and motivating! What do you do to get ready for testing?
 
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32 comments:

  1. Love all these ideas, my post is similar. We don't test in 2nd but we get dragged into all the madness because my school is only grades 2-4. Also, thank you for your post a couple of weeks ago about the finger flashlights. I had been wanting to do a flashlight reading thing but didn't want to buy all those flashlights and batteries...I found the finger ones on Amazon and they are much, much cheaper. I hope you enjoyed your vacation!

    Jessica
    Literacy Spark

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  2. Um WOW! Love this! There are so many great ideas included in this packet. Great post!
    I pinned this on my Test Prep board!

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/193232640236370205/

    -Sarah
    A Rocky Top Teacher

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  3. Super cute ideas for test prep! Great minds think alike, that's what was on my mind this week, too. I think it is probably on most of our mind as the tests all roll through! Hope your kiddos kicked butt on THE TEST. :)

    Mandy
    Caffeine and Lesson Plans

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  4. LOVE these goodies! Hope I win but if I don't, I will be buying it! :) http://www.pinterest.com/pin/120541727500831994/

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  5. This resource looks great! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  6. Great Idea!
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  7. How fun!
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  8. You have certainly come up with an amazing product!

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  9. Looks like a lot of fun! We still have until the end of May before our testing.

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  10. I LOVE these! It gives me some motivation to get back to school and start the madness of testing.

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  11. What a FUN way to get ready for a NOT fun school activity! Just LOVE it!
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    Angela

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  12. I would love to win this pack! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/2533343515233490/

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    Monica

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  13. I am soooo glad our testing was in the fall. You can feel the stress out there. I KNOW your kiddos will do well, Joanne, because you are an AWESOME teacher!!!

    Here's hoping you have a great week back!
    Jennifer
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

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  14. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/288089707387894857/

    Much cuter than my dry erase countdown on the board!

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  15. I love all the ideas! My students would enjoy preparing for our state test with these motivators.
    urallmyan@gmail.com

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  16. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/467881848759660188/ Loved reading this post. We have 2 weeks until our FCAT test and it's time to get in full blown test prep mode! I'd love to win your pack to use with my 3rd graders. This is their first standardized test and they are really getting stressed about the "unknown".
    JWtchr@comcast.net

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  17. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/347551296215971280/ Thank you so much for things like this--- I was planning on starting a count down- our SOLs aren't until the end of May beginning of June- but we are already in the stress zone! Rachel.Defassio@gmail.com

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  18. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/279786195575016493/ Awesome idea. So colorful and sparkly! Love it. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
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  19. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/84090718016961559/
    I NEED this pack! Thanks for sharing! :)
    samantha.r.hulsman@gmail.com

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  20. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/181410691214546804/
    Awesome packet! Good luck with testing!
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  21. Very cute!
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  22. Love all of these ideas!!!!
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  23. Love this post!
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    gabby.fithian@gmail.com

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  24. This looks awesome! I love this idea.
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    Thanks,
    Deb
    maxeysjl@defnet.com

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  25. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/147915168985864516/
    Thanks for offering a great product!
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  26. Pinned this to my school board: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/302374562454130998/
    Love the idea of having the parents write notes of support!

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  27. Aren't you just sparkly and brilliant? Love the idea of your test taking pack! 9 days left....8 for me...half my class is going to be participating in Junior Olympics on Friday. I already wrote the district and asked them to please change the date next year. Too close for comfort for me! P.S. I needed a 3 hour nap today after going back to school. I was wiped out! XOX
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  28. What great ideas. Love the countdown cards. We do a boot camp before testing to help ease nerves of the students and teachers. Gonna have to create some count down cards or just grab yours on TPT. Thanks for sharing.

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