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.
Ugh! Test prep is the worst! 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!