Sunday, March 23, 2014

It's Almost Here...

So we are only one week away from the STAAR test and honestly, there isn't much more I can do...which is both a freeing and a terrifying feeling. The next week will be spent "putting into practice" our knowledge of the content + test taking strategies I've taught. My students made 2 foldables to remind them of important strategies to use so I thought I'd share them :) I wish I could say that they are completely original wonderful ideas BUT everyone knows teachers are the best at taking someone else's ideas and making them work in their own classroom. However, I am not going to steal someone else's fabulous ideas without giving them credit--the first foldable's contents came courtesy of some Pinterest searching which led me to The Savvy School Counselor.  She wrote this post about test taking tips for new test takers but I think it's totally acceptable to review these tips with "experienced" test takers. I chose the parts I liked and added in the RELAX acronym (thank you, Pinterest) to make this useful little thing: 

So Monday we made the generic test-taking strategies and then Tuesday we made a foldable with strategies specifically for Reading. I found this little gem FOR FREE on TpT. Even though it says its for the Common Core, it totally fits our TEKS. 

We used this little tool to anticipate what kind of questions might be on a few practice passages we read and that's what we'll be doing this week too. I'm not really into test prep but sometimes, you gotta do what ya gotta do. :) Let me know what kind of test taking strategies you teach your little darlings--in Texas if our students don't pass, they have to test another round in May so I (hopefully won't but might) be looking for more tips for some of my kids. 
Have a great week! 


  1. Great ideas! I am thankful to have such an awesome colleague.

  2. Can you tell me where you found the freebie on tpt

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