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Test Exercises


I use brain activities during major testing times. I start by placing a sheet of blue paper the size of the students' desk on their desks and a peppermint candy. The students don't have to eat it if they choose not to. They may smell it or eat it. Before we start the testing, I have each of the students get a drink of water. Then they all do their brain exercises. They stand beside their desks and do lazy 8's, crossovers and what I call the twisted pretzel. These ideas came from a workshop about helping disruptive students and right and left brain functions. My students respond to them, and I've explained to them that if they get off focus or feel a need to move during the test, they can easily do these movements while seated at their desk. We do these exercises before most tests in my room from the beginning of the school year to the end. It doesn't take them long before they are reminding me that they haven't done their exercises. This routine takes about 5-10 minutes from start to finish.

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