Strategic Test Prep with Test Smash
This Test Smash resource is the number one way that I am providing strategic test prep and consistency for my students. The beauty of it, is consistency is built right in, no extra materials needed, because each day students know to expect the same categories of questions in the same format.
Every morning I am projecting the daily problems using my computer. I didn’t even have to print it out. Some of my teammates have chosen to print out one copy to project using the document camera, and that works too. My students enter the classroom, get unpacked, and start their work in their math journals. I love having my students complete their work in their journals because again it cuts down on copies, but for my students that need a little more structure I have a few copies of the recording sheet copied.
The recording sheet is generic and works for each and every day, so just having a few copies on hand is more than enough. Students work the problems while everyone arrives and then for a few more minutes after the bell has rung.
When we are ready we go over each of the problems using the included answer key. I have my students star the ones they got correct on their own and work through the ones they missed with me. I am finding that after just the first few days my students are showing a ton of confidence in solving each of the problems. They get so excited when they got one today that they didn’t yesterday!
Collecting Student Data
This is another amazing part of how this test-prep is structured. Due to the same topics being covered each day, it really gives kids a chance to practice until mastery. This leads them to a sincere sense of success.
Next comes my favorite part! I am a self-proclaimed data nerd, and the individual data sheets rock my world! Remember me saying that students star the problems they get correct on their own? Now they get to color in the block for that problem too, which they love! The first day we did this it took some time, but now, after just three days, they are rocking it!
While they are filling it in I am able to walk around and take a super quick inventory. For example, I know the student above has mastered several topics. I also know I need to include him in my small group for input-output tables. This easy data collection method is a true lifesaver!
This Test Smash resource comes ready to go for third, fourth, and fifth grade math standards. Be sure to pop on over to TeachersPayTeachers and check out the previews for a fuller look at each product!
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