Testing Survival Kits!
One of the roles of my job is the testing coordinator. We all have to take tests, whether it be PARCC, Smarter Balance, or another high stakes tests! This no doubt elevates stress for both staff and students. To combat this, I create survival kits for all the adults involved in testing. I try to make it more fun than stressful. We have had pep rallies to encourage kids to do their best, along with lots of ways to encourage them throughout the testing window. Our jobs can be thankless, especially during the mundane task of being a test examiner, proctor or accommodator.
My survival kit gives you a way to show appreciation to the staff. You just need to add a few things, like a white lunch bag and the actual items that go in the bag (lip balm, gum, Play-doh, Tums, bottle of water, tissues, fruit snacks, and Crystal Light Immune and a Hershey’s bar). This product provides a seal for the bag, a list of the items and what they are for (totally cute!), 4 different options for candy bar wrapper, an original poem “Ode to the Test Examiner” & “Ode to the Proctors and Accommodators”, which is actually an invitation to a happy hour at the end of the testing window. You can edit it to add in date, time, and place. Also, I have made the candy bar wrappers editable so you can add the school year under the fake barcode. I also have created seals that can be printed on Avery shipping labels and put on the bags. I also created labels that can be printed on Avery mailing labels and attached to a pack of “Extra” gum. The labels say “The difference between “ordinary” and extraordinary is that little “extra”!” I give these out during the week and not in their bags.
Other items included are two testing signs reminding people there is testing and to be quiet. Also, a poster to hang in classrooms or around the school to remind kids of test taking skills. There are two included; one for paper/pencil and one for online.
I also have the entire staff create a Hall of Inspiration (editable note included) by writing on a sentence strip (not included) and displaying them throughout the school. The staff writes words of encouragement or quotes. Super fun and the kids love it.
For the kids we hold a raffle each day after testing. Kids are given “tickets” for exhibiting excellent test taking skills. I have created a poster that is included for each teacher to hang in their room that describes what kids can do to earn a ticket that says “You are all that and a bag of chips!” They write their name on the back and each class draws a name. Those children get to go to the office and get a bag of chips. I go to a warehouse-type store and buy in bulk.
I have a “How to Use” description sheet included in the product as well as some other ideas By taking the time to do this, teachers feel appreciated and morale is a bit higher. The kids are motivated as well. After all, don’t we all want the kids to achieve?
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