To get my students "geared up" for
our state assessments, the ISAT, I transform our classroom
into an ISAT Bootcamp for the month before the test. I found
some great decorations from Factory
I made each of my students dog
tags when they "enlisted." I used 8 1/2 x 11" silver cardstock
that I found in the scrapbooking section at Michael's and just
ran it through the copier.One of the tags said "ISAT BOOTCAMP:
2008" and the other side had the student's name on it.
The kids went CRAZY for these! They LOVED them!
make sure I take time to teach my students relaxation
strategies, stretches they can do before or after a testing
to relieve stress, as well as test taking strategies and
tips. I put all of this information into a "manual" for
I got some great ideas from my friends
*Do some "drills"... the
students could run through hula hoops (like tires) with math
facts written on the inside!
*Soldiers earn stripes for different
ranks, right? Maybe each time the students show proficiency
on something, they could get a stripe!
*Introduce brain gym exercises to
chill the kids out!
*Give them peppermint candy or gum
the day of the test and tell them it is brain food - peppermint
has been proven to ease stress and keep people more alert.
*Give the students chocolate...it
helps them focus!
*I share research with the kids that
shows if they eat fish before the tests, they will score better
(They all get rather nervous, imagining that I am about to
serve them smoked salmon and pickled herring!) and then I give
them Swedish fish candies. I also give them a mint because
I find mints "wake them up." After the tests, parents
provide yummy snacks and we have extra recess. I give absolutely
no homework the week of the big tests.