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Test Taking

Take the Sting Out of Test Taking

Take the Sting Out of Test Taking

    A change of wording helps ease anxiety with this idea by Toni, a 2nd Grade Teacher, in Davie, FL.   Take the Sting Out of Test Taking By Turning It Into a Show After 16 years as art teacher, my school eliminated art, so I had to begin teaching in the regular classroom
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Test Taking Tips for Students: 4 Keys to Success

Test Taking Tips for Students: 4 Keys to Success

  by Steve Reifman, Guest Columnist As standardized testing season begins each spring, we can perform a major service for our students by sharing the following four keys to success. Taken together, these tips comprise an effective mental approach to test-taking that values strong focus, thoroughness, and carefulness. Children need to understand that how they
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Tried and True Test Preparation Strategies

Tried and True Test Preparation Strategies

  Standardized tests are quickly approaching and it’s time to start getting students ready. Preparing them for what will happen during test week will ease their anxiety and make the week run smoother. Some Really Good Teachers from across the country shared with us some of their best test preparation strategies below.   Tried and
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Testing Strategies

Testing Strategies

  It’s testing time again and with it comes anxiety, nerves, and worry.  For little learners, those emotions can get the best of them and make testing the worst time of the school year.  While nothing can completely alleviate the pressure and stress of standardized testing, there are some ways to help.  These testing strategies
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Easing Test-Taking Anxiety in the Elementary Grades

Easing Test-Taking Anxiety in the Elementary Grades

  For the youngest test-takers, anxiety about the unknown can be overwhelming. In fact, test anxiety can start as early as Kindergarten! Thankfully, some Really Good Teachers are filled with ideas to ease the minds of the youngest students.


Test Preparation

Test Preparation

  The topic of how to prepare students for an assessment can often be an area fought with difficult decisions.  It is sometimes turned into a topic focused more on the teaching institution than on students and how the results of a standardized state test can affect the revenue for a school system.  The true
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Test Taking as a Genre by Nichole Rozakos

Test Taking as a Genre by Nichole Rozakos

by Nichole Rozakos, Teacher and Guest Author If you are anything like me, come March, you start to feel a pull… a pull towards doing the one thing that you said you’d never do when you became a teacher- teach to the test.  Sure, throughout the year you’ve talked about “the big test” with your
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#TeachChat Archive: Taming Test Anxiety – February 20, 2013

#TeachChat Archive:  Taming Test Anxiety – February 20, 2013

Stop the nail biting, hair twirling, and general anxiety that arises as soon as those standardized tests appear. The teachers at #TeachChat on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 shared some great tips, tricks, and strategies for making this the most stress-free testing season ever. Check out their ideas in the transcript below by scrolling down and
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Weekly Giveaway 1/15-1/20/12

Weekly Giveaway 1/15-1/20/12

Testing time is quickly sneaking up on teachers and students across the country.  This week we are excited to make testing day a little bit easier by giving away a set of Testing Privacy Shields.  Encouraging messages cover the outside, while the inside of each privacy shield is blank to help make focusing easier. Enter
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Eliminate Obstacles and Embrace Challenges by Cheryl Saoud

Eliminate Obstacles and Embrace Challenges by Cheryl Saoud

By Cheryl Saoud, Monthly Columnist Test anxiety often interferes with learning and lowers test performance.  Signs of anxiety include headaches, stomach aches, sweating, shortness of breath, and rapid heartbeat.  Students can feel gloomy and fearful with thoughts of inadequacy and frustration.  There are many obstacles that stand in the way of test anxiety.  With state
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