4 Ideas for Reducing Testing Anxiety

It's almost that time! *sigh*

I've learned a lot about standardized testing throughout the years - unfortunately. Here are 4 of my favorite ways to help reduce my students' testing anxiety:


1. Put a Positive Spin On It

Your language is important and will absolutely impact your students' attitude towards the test and therefore their performance. Start saying things like, "This is your opportunity to show how much you've learned this year," and "Your parents and I cannot wait to see how much you have grown!"

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Do you test in your classroom? Me too. That means I have to use butcher paper to cover up basically everything in my room, which is U-G-L-Y. One idea to make it better: Write inspirational quotes on top of that butcher paper.




2. Read All The Books

There are many books about testing, but it's also a great time to talk about reducing anxiety and having strong work ethic. Here are some of my favorites:



Testing:

Reducing Anxiety:

Building Confidence:

*These are Amazon affiliate links. The products are at no extra cost to you, but I do receive a small portion that I use to keep this blog up and running. Thank you!*


3. Gather Letters from Parents

I love the Internet and all of the amazing ideas out there! One concept that I adopted last year is having parents (secretly) write letters to their children to be distributed on the first day of testing.

I write a letter explaining the process and include it in an envelope along with a blank note card. You can be cheap, but cute, note cards at Dollar Tree or in the Target Dollar Spot.

Kids LOVE this, and I would guess that it does wonders for their moods and confidence levels on day one of testing.


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    4. Lots of Yoga and Affirmations

    Don't underestimate the power of some yoga and affirmations in the morning before testing. GoNoodle has plenty of yoga options for kids, and some of them are themed!

    After students have their testing areas setup (since we test in our classroom), we take a moment for some yoga to get blood pumping. Then, simply do some repeating of affirmations.

    Here are a few examples:

    I am well-prepared for this test.
    I have what it takes to rock this test. 
    I can stay focused and do my best.
    I have strong stamina. 
    I am smart.
    I love being challenged. 
    I can do hard things. 
    This test does not define me. 


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    Okay, teachers, get out there! Maybe do some yoga and affirmations of your own as we enter testing season. WE'VE GOT THIS!

    Just a reminder - this test does not define YOU, as a teacher, either. 
    You're amazing, no matter what.




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