Sunday, March 4, 2012

Test Prep Strategies

Every year around February, I begin to feel a little stressed.  I have been diligently teaching my students, providing encouragement, and opportunities for growth but then I start thinking about the dreadful "State Test".  I map out the days left until the test begins, pull out test prep worksheets, yes worksheets, and then I calm down a bit.  I think why would I give them practice test after practice test to prepare?  I don't do this on a normal day, so why start now?  It never fails, it happens every year and then I come to my senses and do what I do.  I create opportunities for review by engaging my students with fun interactive activities that are meaningful and reach ALL learners.

I have been surfing the web for resources and have found many great ones.  I have a Pinterest board simply dedicated to test prep.  Here is a snapshot of what you will find there.  Click the picture to be taken directly to the board.


This weekend, I have also been busy compiling a Test Prep Strategies e-book.  The book has a total of 36 pages!  If you are tired of reviewing the same way over and over again, this may help.  My Test Prep Strategies e-book contains strategies to engage your students with review while steering away from the monotonous fill in the bubble practice test and students working in isolation.  The e-book contains the following:
  • 15 general tips for success
  • 13 strategies to actively engage students with test prep
  • Ideas on ways to use each strategy for Math and Language Arts test prep
  • Additional tips for each strategy
  • 13 kid friendly strategy posters
  • 3 templates to create your own reviews
  • Also, as a bonus, the 13 kid friendly strategy posters are included in PowerPoint allowing you to project directions for students to see.
Test Prep Strategies is now available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  You can find it HERE or by clicking the image.




 If you have test prep ideas, I would love to hear them!  If you have something to Pin, let me know and I would be happy to add it to my board!

3 HOOTS:

YearntoLearn said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Mandy,
Here a several posts I've done with testing ideas. You can add them to your board:

http://yearn4learning.blogspot.com/search/label/testing


Yearn to Learn Blog

Wise Owl Factory said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Excellent idea! I'll be sure to check out this board and your product. You have done so much research about test prep and do such nice, work, it will be a popular item. Thanks, Carolyn

The Science Penguin said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Cool product. I've been blogging lately on science test prep!
The Science Penguin

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