I feel particularly stressed this year because I will be reading the test aloud to my 5th grade special ed kiddos. There are nine kiddos who need the test read aloud! (I have one of the bigger caseloads in my school - which is fine, because it keeps me busy and I know some schools have WAY more than nine on a caseload!) But it's also a little nervewracking because I cannot stand watching students mark the wrong answer and not being able to do anything about it. Since I read the tests in small groups, I see that first hand. In my opinion, it's downright sad and depressing at times.
- buy smarties candy and tell the students how smart they are!
- give the students peppermint candies to suck on (I've heard there's research supporting this - but I've never read/seen it for myself)
- given the students "You can do it!" pencils for motivation
Another thing I've done in the past is to make a sort of "contract notecard". I don't know about you, but I've had some students who could care less about the tests. (Not that I entirely blame them!) With that being said, they still need to do their best.
- work the entire time.
- follow directions. (because we know this can cover anything!)
- quietly read a book when I'm finished (because I don't want them to get up)
- read everything on the test and answer all questions (we can't look to make sure they did this in SD)
Student then signs/dates
Here's an example:
This "contract notecard" is taped to their desk during the test. This way you can simply point to whatever "rule" the student is not following. (Which is a great reason to have #2!)
The friend who introduced me to this idea said to have 3-5 things. So pick what is most important to you and go with that.
Here's another positive - there's a linky party going with FREE test prep materials. Click on the picture below to head to Laurah's ESOL Odyssey linky party!
If you are looking for even more great testing ideas and blog posts, you need to check out this Test Prep linky party by Jennifer at Empowering Little Learners! Click on the picture below to check it out!
Happy testing! (Is that an oxymoron or what?!)