25 March 2018

Stress-Free Testing Tips for Teachers

Can you feel it?  Testing season is among educators everywhere.  It doesn’t matter how you feel about standardized testing the fact is as of now it appears to be here to stay.  So, why not try to make the best of it!?!  I am giving you some tips to help YOU the TEACHER during the crazy testing schedule.  We always focus on students, as we should, but teachers can feel the stress of testing too!  Read on to find some tips to help you feel a little less stress during the testing season.


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Practice Test Taking Skills

Teaching test taking skills is something teachers can work on ALL year long.  When taking regular test teach you kids how to bubble and erase completely.  Talk to your students about how to answer questions completely by restating and providing evidence to back up their responses.  Preparing your students for what is to come ahead of time will ease the stress on you and them.  Many of us are already doing this and it is a skill that will pay off in the end.  

Making Testing Appear To Be An Everyday Occurrence

When we are constantly stressing out about testing our students pick up on this.  The stress we show can transfer over to our students.  I have found that if I ACT (key word here) like state testing is part of the norm, then my students and I are both a little less stress.  Have confidence in your teaching and know that you have taught your students to the best of your ability and they will perform to the best of theirs.  So, try promoting a less stressed atmosphere even if on the inside you are overwhelmed.  Fake it to you make it!!!

Stick with Regular Routines

Although some scheduling will change during the testing season try to keep your mornings and afternoons as much of the same routine as possible.  If students feel that they are arriving to a normal school day they are less likely to feel stress and in turn so will YOU!  When testing is over don’t let the rest of the day be an all you can eat and watch movies kind of day.  Yes, take it easy but maybe try to incorporate some hands on learning.  This way students are getting a break, moving and learning at the same time, and in turn keeping everything normal.

Have a Plan for Early Finishers

You will have students that finish ahead of schedule.  Have something for these students to do while the others are completing their test.  At my school students are allow to read or draw on scrap paper.  It needs to be some type of activity to keep them quiet.  Just do not leave the students empty handed without anything to do.  By having something planned or prepared for early finishers you are relieving the stress of trying to scramble.

Remain Calm Before, During, and After Testing

Teachers can help alleviate anxiety by remaining calm themselves.  Try to arrive 10 minutes earlier than usual.  Being prepared will help you remain calm.  During testing if a student looks up at you give them a reassuring smile.  If students are having a hard time talk to them in a calming voice to deter the situation.  After testing for the day is complete keep students on task and proceed with your day.  Promote a positive test environment.  Leave your students little notes or have volunteers to send treats.   

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Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a peek!  I hope you found some helpful tips to help get you through the upcoming testing season.  I would love to hear from you!  In the comments below tell me any tips you have that help you survive the testing season.  Please feel free to save or pin the images below to your Pinterest boards.

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3 comments:

  1. These are wonderful tips for keeping your sanity during testing season! We no longer do state testing in second grade, but I remember those days before Common Core. Good luck to your students this year!

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    1. Yes! Only our 3-5 take the test now. But we all still attend all the meetings.

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