To misquote Ms. Grande, “I’ve got issues, and one of them is how much I hate test prep.”
Test review is one of those necessary evils in the classroom. Do I want to teach to the test? That would be a resounding no! Do I want my students to be fully prepared? Well, that would have to be a yes.
Until something changes in our education system and less emphasis is placed on standardized tests we, as teachers, have to give our students the best chance of conquering the demon, so to speak.
The goal of this post is to provide you with strategies, resources, and tips for making test preparations and review as productive and painless as possible.
How NOT to Test Prep
I mean, if you want to torment and bore your students, that’s on you, but this post will help you avoid the pitfalls that have befallen so many.
Here you can read about the top five things to avoid when in test prep mode, as well as what to do instead.
Gamify When You Can
If you have read any other posts around here I am willing to bet at least one of them mentioned gamification, it’s kind of my thing.
While there are many ways to gamify test prep I am a big fan of the game Digital Stinky Feet! In fact, this editable template lets you play as many games as you’d like with absolutely any content making it a no-brainer for test prep review.
Looking for more review games? Check out this post.
In my book, the best way to test prep is through an engaging and strategic process I refer to as Test Smash. This standards-based resource has all the rigor needed and focuses on much tested topics.
Test Smash just got a digital update too that uses Google Forms to make using the resource even easier for students and teachers than ever!
If you are ready to dive into Test Smash, you can check it all out here.
Want to know more? Check out 10 Ways to Test Smash for a variety of ways to use the resource in your classroom or with your virtual students.
Getting Started with Test Prep
Sometimes getting started is the hard part, so check out this post for How to Test Prep is 5 Easy Steps where I walk you through what you need, how to do it, and why.
These 5 steps will leave you rearing and ready to go!
Students face a lot of pressure, so we want to be sure a standardized test isn’t one more thing overflowing their plates. Check out this post for ideas on how to help students conquer test anxiety and feel confident going into the big test!
Cooperative Learning for Test Prep
Much like gamification, I love me some cooperative learning and believe it is a great way to bring engagement and fun to the testing season.
While all strategies have their time and place I believe there are 7 strategies that shine for review. Check them out here.
Even More Test Prep!
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