Standardized testing is always stressful, for teachers and students. In Indiana, our students take the ISTEP+ test. Our school really makes a big deal about it and works hard to motivate the students to do their best. We don’t start standardized testing until 3rd grade, but the whole school gets involved. Every adult signs up to “motivate” 3-4 students. Every morning of the test, we place an encouraging note on their desk. Here are the notes and items I have placed this week.
I put the note above on their desks along with a glow stick bracelet.
This one came with a clementine orange, of course.
This one will work with any type of candy.
I left a pencil with the note above.
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Our school uses a military type theme to get the students excited about taking ISTEP. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders prepare cadences that they do for the entire school every morning of the test. The principal calls them all down to the gym for roll call, leads them in exercises and then each grade level performs their cadence. It is really cool to watch. Afterwards, the teachers line up in the hall to form a tunnel for the students to go through. They give them high fives as they head to their classrooms to get ready for the test.
Each student also gets a military themed shirt to wear during the test. You can see the shirts and the cadences in the videos below.
This is our music teacher singing his song that he wrote about ISTEP.
What do you do at your school to motivate kids for standardized testing?