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Preparing for High-Stakes Testing, Without Teaching the Test

Preparing for end of the year high-stakes and standardized testing is stressful for BOTH students and teachers alike. Changing the way you treat these tests, preparing students in advance (instead of last minute) and teaching students self de-stressing strategies will help them feel more comfortable while taking these tests. I use many of these strategies from the FIRST day of school, so that students are prepared when testing time comes.
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Preparing for High-Stakes Testing, Without Teaching the Test
  • Testing Song

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    Michelle Jennings says:
    A FUN way to incorporate test taking strategies. My kids LOVED rapping this poem. Many of them said they remember the strategies when it comes time to take tests!
  • teacherrebootcamp.com
    teacherrebootcamp.com

    Pass That Exam! 14 Test Prep Strategies

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    Michelle Jennings says:
    This is another meta-collection of resources for test preparation. The resource opens with Chapter 17 of the book: 30 Goals for Teachers. The chapter is followed by a slide presentation full of test prep ideas. There are more tips and resources at the end that contains many tech-based resources and apps. I use MANY of the apps suggested in my classroom on a daily basis, not just for test prep.
  • Michelle Jennings says:
    I love that this article shies away from the 'traditional' test taking tips and offers more critical thinking student prep. This article is another way for teachers to prepare students without actually teaching the test.
  • Michelle Jennings says:
    This article serves as a meta-collection of resources for test taking strategies. The first topic, Test Prep Throughout the Year, contains links to four short articles. Other topics include Calming Student Nerves, Test-Taking Skills and Vocabulary; Reading and Writing Strategies; and Content Review. There are even resources for students in grades K-2 to help students prepare!
  • Michelle Jennings says:
    A short, quick, blog post from a teacher who has experienced the world of high-stakes testing. The teacher gives suggestions, tips, and strategies to improve student test scores WITHOUT teaching the test.
  • edworkspartners.org
    edworkspartners.org

    Ten Tips for De-stressing Kids Prior to High Stakes Tests

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    Michelle Jennings says:
    A quick tip guide for de-stressing students prior to a high-stakes exam. I love this guide because it not only gives suggestions, but includes how-to videos and links to brain research (such as practicing the 4-2-8 method of deep breathing; and Yoga breathing techniques)