Taking standardized tests can be scary for elementary students. With so much emphasis on testing in schools, it’s not surprising that even young students worry about test performance. Fortunately, teachers can help students (and themselves) lessen test taking anxiety with these simple reading test taking tips. Don't call it a test. Terms like “learning snapshots” or “show what you know” are far less terrifying than tests or assessments. In my classroom, I called the test days- Game Days. I liked to tell my students that all the assignments (formative assessments) we do in class are practice. They’re working on their skills to prepare for the final performance or game. Getting their heads in the game can be easy by putting up positive signs and having countdowns to “game day”. Write your students some fan mail and encourage their parents and other teachers to do the same. They will love being superstars on the field for their big day! You can read more abo...
Test taking season is here. <Insert groan and eye roll.>  I know that testing is not fun. Test prep does not have to be stressful for you and your students. Check out these simple tips for preparing for math testing. Use math centers to teach skills all year Coming up with engaging math lessons for both new concepts and to review can be exhausting and time consuming. But, I've got you covered!  Try THESE math centers. They have the same set-up with all your math concepts for the year.  Students love the fun activities and I love that they are consistent so that I don't have to waste time teaching students HOW to complete the activities. I even have sets specifically for test prep! Click HERE for 3rd grade test prep centers.  Click HERE for 4th grade test prep centers.  Click HERE for 5th grade test prep centers.   Since the centers are fun and engaging, they take the groans out of test prep. Use reference materials that mirror the tes...