During the grueling time of standardized testing it is important to stay on top of daily lessons and continue to push through curriculum. Schedule changes and weather here in New Jersey made the new PARCC test a real challenge in many ways! When I didn’t see students, it was important for them to understand I was still there for them. It was important to update parents on any changes during the school day. Remind was there to help me. It helped me to keep calm, and helped the students and the parents be less stressed.
Standardized testing can be a very stressful time for teachers, students and parents. As a special education teacher, I saw the effect the PARCC had on my students this year, and their struggle to meet the test’s expectations. It is important for students and parents to know that even though the few weeks of testing can be hectic and stressful, you are there for them and that the normal (as possible) routines will still take place. Continue to let them know you care and encourage them to do their best.
Remind helps me to stay connected and support students during standardized testing:
I remind my students of testing times, schedule changes and testing content through a quick message. Early in the morning, students and parents might not check their email, but they’ll be checking their phones.
Before the test, I send students morning motivation and encouragement. Although I may feel frustrated with standardized testing, I need to let my students know that I’m here for them and support them. When students know that their teacher wants them to do well, it can make a big difference in their outlook and effort.
I often send students and parents test taking tips and strategies for the next day. Quick tips like telling students to eliminate incorrect test choices and staying positive can go a long way! Messages also include my timely recommendations to get a good night’s sleep and eat breakfast.
Start on a positive note
Before students start their tests, open up a forum to the class and take a few minutes to encourage students to talk about their feelings. Are they feeling anxious? overwhelmed? prepared? Sometimes sending a joke in the morning is a great ice breaker, a funny song, video or a motivational good luck message is great, too. Tell students not to rush, take deep breaths.