Workshop Wednesday: Preparing for THE TEST - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Workshop Wednesday: Preparing for THE TEST

Hello friends! Workshop Wednesday's topic today is: how do you teach students test-taking strategies, or what are some things you do to prepare for the "BIG" tests?

Our test is April 30-May 6 (five school days) - one test per subject... so we've been trying to get in some practice but I'm also still TEACHING CONTENT. We have soooo much to get in (especially in Science, Social Studies, and Math), there has not been a year that I'm not still teaching something the day before the test. It's a bit stressful to say the least. But I think the BEST thing you can do to prepare the kids is to NOT stress them out. Let them know that as long as they do their best and show everything they've learned, they'll be fine. That's another reason why this ABC calendar comes in handy- it helps the kids relax and have fun, even during a stressful time.

Some things we do to make practice a little more fun is use SMART Response Clickers.
All of the teachers in the upper grades at my school have a set in their classroom. They are pretty awesome because 1) kids have another way of answering questions besides circling or bubbling, and 2) it is instant- I can see on my screen who did or didn't get the answer correct, so I know who needs more help with a certain skill.

I also teach them strategies they should use to do their best when taking their test. I got these posters from someone who teaches in my county, and the language really helps the students remember what to do.
I would love to hear your ideas! I know some of you have already tested, so feel free to link up a past post that would help us prepare!


  1. LOVE your friend's posters!! You should convince her to post them on TPT!!

  2. Thanks for hosting! I agree, the posters are precious and very effective!
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  3. Thank you so much for making this the topic this week! We are neck deep in test prep and I love reading all the ideas to spice things up!!
    A Tall Drink of Water

  4. Awesome topic this week!! Thanks for a great linky! :)

    Mind Sparks

  5. We are in the midst of testing and one thing I did to get my students ready was to try to get them into the right mindset by comparing the big test to a sports championship. I wrote a little book about it of you are interested. :)

  6. Those posters look great. I'm sure they help with test taking skills.

    Kaylee's Education Studio

  7. Envious that each teacher has their own set of clickers! We have two mimio vote sets we share with the whole school, luckily I get to use them a lot! Cheering your crew and you on, YOU CAN DO IT!

  8. Ohhhhhhh...I would love to buy the posters too!!!!!!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'


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