April 23, 2014

Workshop Wednesday: Preparing for the BIG test!

Yep....it's that time of year (insert teacher's all across America pulling their hair out and rolling their eyes)!

State testing....yikes!

For today....I am linking up with Jivey for her Workshop Wednesday.  Her theme just happens to be how to prepare kids for the BIG test....

Now.....I must admit I don't have the same stress that classroom teachers have in terms of assessments, as I don't teach students core content (reading, math, science, social studies, etc).

With that being said--I do feel a sense of responsibility to the students in my building, because these students are EVERYONE's kids.  We (PE teachers, music teachers, school counselors, interventionists, principals, secretaries and classroom teachers) are collectively invested in the students and their progress.  So, I may not have a DIRECT influence on the student's assessment....but I do care!!!!

Okay.....off my soapbox......and back to the theme.

I prepare my kiddos for any BIG test by informing them of the target and having them set realistic and attainable goals.  There is something to be said for goal setting....it is a POWERFUL tool...and motivator! If my kids reach their goal.....they get a prize.  This is a student selected prize.....for more buy in.

Pictured above is how the students display their prizes.  Its a nice visual reminder of what they are working for. :)  Most of the prizes I let students pick from are free or little cost.....which makes it nice on the ol' pocketbook. :)

I have a free set of reward cards in my TPT store....check them out if you are interested!!

Best of luck to all the test takers----and the stressed teachers!



  1. Love the card! Too funny and sadly, too true! :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  2. Hi Katie! Love the idea (and the freebie). Thanks for sharing!


  3. Thanks for sharing your fun prizes!! :)