3 Strategies to Prepare For Testing

1. Review- ALL year long!

We all know that kids need practice! There are so many ways to review content year round:
  • Morning Work
  • Center Time
  • Guided Reading or Small Groups
  • Spiral Review
I now teach virtual school, so I include one problem a day as a warm up every math class.  Now, I plan on spending a bit more time incorporating my version of morning work or spiral review at the start of my live lessons everyday. My students can go into separate "breakout" rooms to work independently.  I can see what they are doing and pull examples that I want to be sure to review as a whole class after their first few minutes of warm up work.  These problems will include  everything we've learned so far in 3-5 questions each day.

2. Practice Test Taking Strategies from the the Start!
In addition to reviewing the content, we all know that our kiddos need to practice test taking strategies too! I like to show my students what I expect and test taking strategies that I want them to use from the beginning of the year.  I really like this RELAX strategy! (Grab the free poster by clicking on the picture.)

3. Build Reading Stamina!

Reading stamina is a HUGE part of test taking.  My students are expected to sit for two 80 minutes reading testing sessions!  That's a looooong time.  I like to start building up my kiddos reading stamina early in the year.  We start with doing this during independent reading time.  I start with 20 minutes in the beginning of the year and work our way up to 1 hour (when time permits) by testing time (in March/April).  I talk about how it's important that we build our reading muscles to be able to stay focused thinking and reading for longer and longer amounts of time, so that by the end of year we'll be spending lots of time reading what we love! We also CELEBRATE our reading stamina achievements with fun brain breaks and dances.

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