Gamify Test Prep
Practice Challenging Problems
Give students the most difficult and challenging problems you can think of. This serves two purposes. The first is that students will get used to this increased rigor and then have an increased level of confidence on the test itself. The second is that it gives you the chance to model techniques for working through frustration.
If you are looking for strategic test prep my Test Smash and Big Ten Math series are great places to start! If you want to read more about how I use math stations check out this post on The Magic of Math Stations.
Stretches Students Can Do In Their Seats
These are a great activity to do the day before testing. Tape a piece of paper to each student’s back and have them travel around the room writing compliments on one another’s capes. I love to see their eyes light up when they read all the nice things that their classmates wrote about them. It is a real confidence booster!
To the right, you can see a picture my friend Katie took of her students and their compliment capes!
Positive Self Talk
The last thing I do before leaving the day before our big test is write each of my students a positive and personal note on their desk in dry erase marker. That way, when they come in the next morning it is the first thing they see. I tell them to erase it, but to remember that it is there all day cheering them on.
You and your students are ready!
Introducing Test Prep Academy
Test Prep Academy is a mini-course full of information on how to plan, prepare for, and execute your best test prep season yet! With five modules full of information that will take you from plan to action this mini-course will be your test prep lifesaver!
- Module 1: The Standards
- Module 2: Planning for Test Prep
- Module 3: The Superpower of Small Groups
- Module 4: Harnessing Cooperative Learning
- Module 5: Gamifying for Review
Each topic is covered with a series of videos and comes with a workbook to keep your notes neat and make implementation easy. You will also receive supporting documents to take the ideas shared from theory to practice in your classroom.