Sunday, April 28, 2013

Testing Anxiety

Our state testing begins this week!  This is the first time my kiddos have to take the CBTs (curriculum-based tests) so they're a little anxious about them.  I'm always anxious no matter how experienced my students are just because I know they are prepared, but that doesn't always show up in the results.  What will be nice is this year I'll be able to see the unofficial scores after the kids finish.  Previously, we would get the reports in the fall even though we'd have a whole new group of kids by that time and the scores wouldn't be something we could do anything about anymore.

In order to decrease their anxiety, we've talked a lot about the tests, practiced how to use the computers, and focused on things they could do to be prepared, such as get at least 8 hours of sleep, eat a nutritious breakfast, get to school on time, and try their best.  My school is even doing a little activity the two weeks that we're testing.  The kids fill out a slip every day that asks them if they did the things previously mentioned for that day and they kids earn points.  At the end, the kids will get some kind of reward for trying their best.  We'll see how it works, but it's a good way to get them to think about their effort and preparedness.

I also want them to feel my support over the next two weeks, so I spent my Sunday creating little treats for them to have on their testing days.  Thankfully we only have 4 in 3rd grade (2 days LA, 2 days math).  They'll get some Smarties, Starbursts, Blow Pops, and a little Crunch bar.  I downloaded a super cute freebie from Ginger Snaps on TPT that I attached to each treat as you can see in the pictures below.  I just love awesome sellers like her who offer irresistible freebies.  I really wasn't looking forward to creating my own.  You can get them too by clicking HERE.

I hope your testing goes well.  If you're already done, then consider me jealous!

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