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Test Stress #Slice2013

Why do we do this to our kids?

I am doing test prep exercises to help my students gain confidence and lessen their levels of test anxiety. I want them to be comfortable with timed tests and negotiating their time, thoughts and strategies.

I am trying to de-stress the process.

  1. We time passages – so that they know what it feels like to read and respond in 10, 9, 8, and then 7 minutes.
  2. We work through sections together in groups – they know how to bubble in circles but can you use your learning community to correctly answer questions.
  3. We provide text evidence as support for some answers – I want them to show me how they arrived at their answers.

Am I helping or harming? I don’t know but I know that I am not comfortable with the look of accepted failure in the first face and the horrible panic happening on the second face.

My slice 7/31

One comment

  • Margaret
    March 9, 2013 - 9:53 am | Permalink

    I struggle, too, with whether or not test prep is good for kids. Because I teach gifted kids, I usually leave the test prep to their regular classroom teachers. My prep goes like this, “You are encouraged to be creative and think out of the box in my class. When you take the test, put the lid on the box. You need to think critically and look for the most logical answer.” Not sure if that advice helps or hurts.

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