Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher: Fun Way to Review for ANY Test!

Fun Way to Review for ANY Test!

As a student, I thought that teachers loved to give tests. Why else would they torture us with them? Now that I am a teacher, I realize that teachers get more test anxiety than students! What if they don't read the directions? What if they make dumb mistakes? Did I teach it well enough? What if they all fail? What if the parents get upset? Are they really ready??? I lose sleep with all this worry! Please tell me that I am not alone!

In an effort to help prepare my kiddos for tests and to relieve some of my anxiety, I like to give a practice test on the day before the "real" thing. I especially like to do this with math. We use Engage NY for math and the test comes in a word document. So I go in and change the numbers to make a second version of the test. You could always write some questions that are similar to the test you are giving. Or, use task cards! But just giving them this practice test would be boring. And, I am anything but boring!

Here is how I keep kids excited and engaged while doing the practice test...All students receive a copy of the practice test. They work on one question at a time. After they finish one question, they get in line. I check their work. If they are correct, I initial it and I give them a ticket. They write their name on it and put it in a container with the number one. Then they go back to their seat and work on question 2. They will do this until they complete the entire test. If a student has the wrong answer, I try to point them in the right direction. They go back to their seat and fix their errors. Then, they can get back in line.

At the end of the allotted review time, we go over the entire test together. Then, I draw a ticket from each of the containers. I give that child a piece of candy. I NEVER give candy any other time, so students are crazy excited!

When my kids take the test the next day, I know they understand the directions and the expectations! Now, they are truly being assessed on the skill that I have taught. Kids are happy. Teacher is happy!

How do you make reviewing for tests more fun?

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