California Standards Test and Star Testing This week

May 20, 2007 at 5:07 pm | Posted in education, elementary, high stakes testing | 5 Comments

In third grade, we get 8 days worth of standardized testing.  It starts on Monday for us.  I’ve been prepping my students, not with just test practice, but with strategies, you can do it, stay calm, let’s make it fun, etc.  My kids are well aware of what’s going to happen on Monday.  Nonetheless, it’s going to be a stressful week and a half.

I’m wondering what kind of fun I can bring into the curriculum to ease the stress in the afternoon.  Got to keep them excited about school and motivated to come to school everyday, without tiring them out.

What do you guys do?


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  1. The school puts on a “dinner and a movie” event for students who come to school every day on time for the two weeks of testing.

    In my classroom we took a break from some standardized curriculum and did all the things we’ve wanted to do if we had time like research projects for language arts and some inquiry type math activities with manipulatives.

  2. i’m in high school & most days I have some sort of film. One time i brought in pop corn to go with the film. To make it an educational experience, make them write about it afterward. Give them “semi-real” work, so they know school is not out. We play review games.

  3. So, how did it go? We testing finished Thursday May 17th, 2007. I tried to keep curriculum about the same. I did not rush students through OCR activities. We are in the Money unit. The story seem interesting. We started new unit in Math on reading data on charts. We are continuing to study Nutrition in ELD, and I am currently working on Life Science Unit. Just having some downtime in the afternoon for drawing and having conversations with each other seemed to help. It is difficult to have fun in a high stakes testing world. Would you be interested in having blog-pals next year? Let me know.

  4. I think we’ll do something similar, catch up on all the engaging lessons that I’ve always wanted to do, but never had the time due to pacing plans.’t had that in awhile…

    Room36, what do you mean by blog-pals? Do you mean my students or do you mean us as teachers?

  5. Give them some time to move around or dance! We even played “Hot Potatoe” with our 4th graders with the song, “Mr. Blue Sky” by ELO. There was lots of movement and laughter…. and the kids weren’t so frustrated or mentally exhausted at the end of the day.

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