Testing! Ugh! The most dreaded time in all of the school year. I would rather have 100 Christmas parties than 1 testing week. Really. I mean it! And that is saying something. So much stress! For the teacher and the students. So much riding on tests that only show a small snapshot of what our students can do.
But, alas, testing happens every year. And every year we, as teachers, try to prepare our students as best we can. Unfortunately, we can't just teach content. We also have to teach students HOW to take a test. As a third grade teacher, this is especially important since none of my students have never taken a high stakes academic test. I actually have to add "how to fill in a bubble" to my lesson plans! Not kidding.
I came to 3rd grade from teaching early childhood in Pre-K and then in 1st grade. I had thought I understood what upper grade teachers went through with testing. After all, I took the tests as a kid myself, right? And we assess our students in other grades, so no real difference...boy, was I wrong! Ha! I got an enlightening education real quick. Lucky for me, I was surrounded by great teachers willing to help me adjust to what it took to ready 3rd graders for academic achievement testing.
My friend, Lora, had already come up with a great idea for teaching students HOW to take a test. She created the Smart Family! Posters of a super smart family that tests horribly because they make simple mistakes such as ignoring directions or racing through the test. She graciously allowed me to take her vision a step further so we can share it with other teachers.
Introducing the Smart Family! They are not as smart as they think they are! Posters, a PowerPoint, editable teacher-to-parent notes, higher order thinking student response sheets, and parent-to-student note templates help teach students how to take achievement tests.
My students learned so much- about themselves!
You can find the Smart Family resources at my store Tech Crazy Teacher!