Testing Motivation for Students - Positive Notes, Door Hangers and More

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What a fabulous idea! The box really built excitement and opening it was a memorable highlight. The slides and notes of encouragement were a thoughtful addition. Thanks for creating this!
My students loved this. They were so excited to see what was in the box after state testing. Fun idea!


Everything you need to keep your students motivated during testing season! Bookmarks, door hangers, snack tags, editable personalized notes, the Effort Celebration Box and more! Get ready to have some super excited test-takers!

"Testing Season" can lead to stress, anxiety, and total burn-out for everyone involved. This product will combat those negative emotions and bring joy to your students during the days/weeks of important tests!

What's Included in the Testing Motivation Pack:

30 pages of motivation and encouragement, including editable slides!

  • Editable Test Taking Tips Bookmarks
  • Door Hangers
  • 4 different notes of encouragement
  • Halfway Note for the halfway point
  • Editable Student Notes (my example is included to give you ideas)
  • 4 different Testing Snack Tags
  • Effort Celebration Box signs (known as "The Testing Box")
  • Effort Celebration Item List (my version, AND editable slides)
  • Free Time Coupons (color & black and white)
  • Testing Crowns for ELA, Math, and Science (aka "Victory Crowns" in my classroom... you will need sentence strips for each student to make your crowns!)
  • 6 Motivational Posters that can be printed on colored paper, or given to students to color in as a brain-break activity! If your school has a poster machine, these are great to turn into large posters to hang around your room or hallway to encourage all students in the days leading to the test!

This product is really easy to navigate. I've included text boxes that you will type directly in to edit the slides as you need. Use my ideas as a guide for your own Effort Celebration, OR create your own itemized list!

Check "motivate students for testing" off your To-Do List. I've got you covered!

What is the Effort Celebration Box?

I put a box out as the test nears with the "Do Not Open" sign on it (included in this resource). The box sits out until all testing is completed, then we open it together. Inside the box are items that we will use for our Effort Celebration, or a party to celebrate all their hard work during testing. I go into detail about this in my blog posts, so feel free to check it out there! You can put anything you want in the box, (I provide a list of ideas in this resource) the anticipation is what motivates students and they will be excited no matter what!

Disclaimer: I have a Master's in Educational Psychology so I am fully aware of the difference between intrinsic/extrinsic motivation and the importance of student self-motivation in school. HOWEVER, I am also a third grade teacher and I know my students need to have a little fun and might need an extra boost of encouragement... especially around testing time!

Read more about Testing Motivation ideas and using the Testing Motivation Pack on createinspireteach.com!

A detailed explanation of how I use each element of this Testing Motivation Pack is included within this product and on my blog, but if you still have questions or need testing ideas feel free to email me!


Teachers like you are saying:

★★★★★ "Thank you so much for providing a well thought out resource for educators! This is a well made product that will make a huge difference in my classroom." -Emily C.

★★★★★ "Not only was this a great resource but what a fabulous idea! I LOVED the idea of the testing box - what a great way to motivate students without spending a ton of money! They looked forward to opening the testing box each day and they were soooo excited for their activities! I ended up doing free recess, extra tech time, board game time, and even the whipped cream plop challenge! I will be doing this every year for state testing! Thank you for a wonderful resource!" - Elisa K.

★★★★★ "My students really loved having this while we were getting through state testing. They were able to stay motivated to do well after 6 days of testing!!! It really helped them feel better about taking the state tests and they knew that there was a light at the end of the testing tunnel for them!" -Jackie D.


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