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.
After 16 years as art teacher, my school eliminated art, so I had to begin teaching in the regular classroom for the first time ever!
Even before I made my transition into the regular classroom, I had heard horror stories about students freezing up when they had to take a test. I decided that would not happen in my classroom. So, from day one, I explained to my students that in my classroom, there would be NO TESTS. Instead, we would be having SHOWS!
My students know I own horses and that I ride in horse shows. I asked them what they think would happen if I just took one of my horses out of the barn and tried to show him without practicing. They agreed I would not show as well as if I practiced. I then promised them I would always TEACH them what they need to know and give them plenty of time to PRACTICE until they KNOW what they need to know. I also promised to give them all of the answers, plus the tools to get the answers, before scheduling a SHOW. I said, “You will know everything you need to make a good SHOWing each and every time.” This new approach to test-taking—TEACH/PRACTICE/KNOW/SHOW— works! No test anxiety in my class! And, we look forward to all of our SHOWS!
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The article above was featured in the October edition of Really Good Stuff’s Classroom Connections Newsletter. Check out the other articles from that edition:
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