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Motivating Students for Tests

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My school tries to motivate students to do well on standardized tests. We have practice tests to assess student progress three times a year.

In my class, we play games (such as a trivia quiz, concept baseball, or geography Jeopardy) to build confidence and get ready for the test taking. Rewards are simple: first group to lunch, line leaders, class pencil sharpener, etc. Each day I emphasize how the skills will help them in the future.

For the written test, we constantly practice test-taking skills. All improvement is documented in each childportfolio, which travels with them in our school, from the 5th to the 8th grade. Most of our students improve on a yearly basis. We let them know how the results will affect them in the future. In Florida, if they don't pass our FCAT, they receive only a Certificate of Attendance at graduation. It is never too early to have them thinking and preparing for the future.


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