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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Testing season is upon us and all educational stakeholders are experiencing a little anxiety:

Students- "Will I draw a blank?" "Did I study enough?" "What if I don't know the answer?"

Teachers- "Have I covered enough material?" "Are my kids confident?" "What if I have failed as a teacher.."

Principal- "Will the scores increase over last years?" "Have the teachers covered all of the required material?"

Parents- "Have I provided enough academic support?" "Is my child confident about taking this test?"

These are all valid and common concerns, and chances are, we have ALL tried our best to help our students learn and provide them with the support needed to feel a sense of confidence and readiness.

Here are some test taking tips for students:

  • Get a goodnight's sleep: at least 9 hours

  • Eat a health breakfast: eggs, meat, fruit, etc.

  • Have fun after school by: playing with friends, riding your bike, or getting a good amount of exercise

On the day of the test

  • Be prepared: pack two No. 2 pencils, a healthy snack, an eraser

  • Write yourself a note: "You Rock!" "You Got This!" "I am so smart"

  • If you feel stressed or overwhelmed, take a deep breathe, count to 5, and continue with the test

Happy Testing!