Demery’s previous post is a perfect lead in on what I wanted to write about today. It is so important that as teachers we instill the idea in our students that their best is good enough. With the state test looming in a week, many of my students are getting a little worked up and nervous. I don’t blame them. Even though my school does it’s best to let our students know that this test is not THE most important test they will ever take and doesn’t define them as students, it is a big deal. Unfortunately, I can’t change that and all I can do is encourage my students to do their best and try not to be worried about it.
As an Interventionist, all of my students are at risk for failing these tests. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on directly teaching them strategies and providing them plenty of practice. This next week we will review and go over our strategies one last time before the test next Monday.
Besides more practice, I also want to make sure to take the time to encourage my students and congratulate them for their hard work. They have worked hard no matter what their score ends up being on their STAAR tests (Texas’ standardized test).
Before we started learning test taking strategies, I had the kids ask me any questions they had about the STAAR. As third graders, this is their first time taking it. They asked me about how long it is, what the day is like and of course, “Will I go to fourth grade if I fail?” We talked through their questions and I hope I was able to ease their minds a bit.
My wonderful teammate, Rose, gave me this wonderful idea for a gift to give students before testing. It’s a STAAR survival kit and I wanted to share it with you today! Inside is a note with four items: a pencil, a peppermint, some Smarties and a gem. I want my kids to know how proud of them I am and to always remember that they are smart and they are capable.
Here’s a picture of the finished bag:
Don’t forget that in addition to preparing your kids for the test, they also need a mental boost of confidence. Find a way to show them that you believe in them!