This week I blogged over at Upper Elementary Snapshots about preparing for standardized tests. I think you are going to love the stress-free strategies I discuss, and the freebies I included. Here is a quick teaser.
Last minute cramming, piles of review packets, tons of practice tests….sound familiar? Preparing for standardized tests is something we all must face in upper elementary, but it doesn’t have to be a horrible experience for everyone involved! If you start early enough (why I’m writing this post in January) test-prep stress can be a thing of the past in your classroom. Here are some tips and strategies that have worked year after year in my own classroom.
1. Teach Test-Taking Strategies NOW, not later
As early as I can each year, I begin teaching testing strategies. I don’t cram them all into one lesson, but instead I take my time and teach them just like I would anything else: Model, Guide, Practice. By the middle of the year, my students use test-taking strategies naturally. It isn’t something I have to continue to remind them to do…they just do it.
Here is a fun “Testing Strategies Rap” I use to teach my students throughout the year. If you begin incorporating them into your instruction now, they will master them in no-time!