I have taught grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and now some 5 over the past 25 years. Although First Grade which is where my heart lives, I am continuing my adventure with 5th graders who need some extra help, as well as part-time Literacy Coach this year. Wish me luck! I am so glad you stopped by!
Well, unfortunately that time of the year has come for our students. Over the years I have given the CAT, NAT, FCAT, CoGAT, ITBS, Gateway, and CRCT. So this week I thought I would share some things that I do to help alleviate the stress on my little ones.
In the past I have done just about everything including tinted lighting, peppermints, bottled water, and chewing gum. I have even had students arrive an hour earlier to school, cooked, and served breakfast. Bacon, eggs, toast, and juice were served to everyone before testing with GREAT parent support!!
There is one thing that I continue to do year after year after year that the students absolutely LOVE!! I write positive notes and place them on their desks each morning with the corresponding treat that goes with the note. I have a different note for each test, reading, language, and math. You'd think the treat makes the difference but it doesn't. They read the note and have the treat after testing is done for the day. After the first days testing, they can't wait to read their note the next day. They LOVE the notes!! They last long after the treat is gone!
Here are my notes. I left the teacher name empty if you want to sign, copy, cut, and use for yourself.
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