In honor of March Madness, this month, Transformation Tuesday and Thursday Tool School will be on hiatus and I will be featuring March Madness Monday– 16 Ways to Prepare Your Students for End-of-the-Year Exams. Today, and each Monday for the rest of the month, I will feature four of the ways. Up first, I revisit four of my favorite test-prep strategies. Click each link to read more. Happy Reading!
1. STAAR 2000– This is by far my favorite test-prep activity. It’s really not a teaching strategy, it’s a reward program, but it proved to be extremely motivating at a time of year where my students were tired of working and tired of preparing for “the test.” It’s fun and allowed me and my students to track data, celebrate successes, and make a plan for growth.
2. STAAR 2000: The SuperKid Edition– This is an extension of the above program that allows students to focus on their own personal progress. I added this component when I had a group of students who were performing pretty well individually and I wanted them to work toward pushing themselves as they had to have a certain number of questions right in order to collect a space.
3. The Amazing Review– Get ready for an epic adventure! This massive test review via stations is a great way to review a lot of material in a short amount of time. Yes, it’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it in the end. Even better, once it’s put together, you can use it again and again.
4. Four Corners– This is one of my all-time favorite teaching strategies and is an awesome way to review multiple-choice test questions, especially those where your students have the most trouble because this strategy has an opportunity for students to justify their thinking.
Stay tuned next week for four more strategies!