Just wanted to write up a quick post during "testing season" to pass on a few tips on how I keep my students on point during testing time.
A lot of kids tend to get the testing jitters, even though they won't admit it. To help out, give 'em a little boost of confidence each day before going onto the battle field.
2. Confidence Boosters: Whoever banned candy in the classroom was OBVIOUSLY not a teacher. It works! Click here for a FREEBIE from Ginger Snaps on TPT to use with all different kinds of candies and also here where Jessica Winston also provides a 5-day freebie to use! I chose to use blow pops shown above.
3. Make them HYDRATE: I bring in packs of water bottles for my kids to drink on during testing time. A well hydrated body works better!
4. Motivation (or bribery): Give them some kind of "prize" at the end of testing, such as a game day or a pizza party. I have to read the tests to my students, so to ensure they follow along with me for each question, I do a checklist on the board each day (I check off for every 5 questions they are still following along with me). If they kept up with me the whole 4 days, they get the reward. I don't deal well with "rushing" or "guessing" and this form of bribery has never done me wrong.
5. Light at the end of the tunnel: I love these little "O-fish-ally done!" packs using either Swedish fish (below) or Goldfish crackers for the last day of testing.