I work hard to prepare my students for THE TEST all year. Here’s a check list that I created to help me stay focused on the test I’m responsible for preparing them for.
TEST PREP CHECKLIST
___ Teach kids the value of school. Get them excited about coming to school EVERY day.
___ Get kids curious about learning. Teach them how to ask questions that will challenge their thinking and mine.
___ Teach kids how to fail forward, to make mistakes, learn from them and to become even better people.
___ Get the kids outside to enjoy and appreciate their natural surroundings.
___ Get kids active. Show them the value of daily physical activity.
___ Be present in my kids learning. Provide rich, meaningful, immediate feedback that will allow them to move their learning forward.
___ Teach kids how to think, not necessarily what to think.
___ Teach kids how to problem solve, not just in math, but in life.
___ Challenge kids to think outside the box/book/text/test.
___ Model to kids the positive power of social media.
___ Have kids understand how they can leverage tech to have a positive impact on their lives.
___ Show students the value and wonder of the arts.
___ Create opportunities for students to learn mindfulness techniques.
___ Provide opportunities for self reflection and goal setting.
___ Provide rich opportunities for kids to gain a deep understanding of the many global issues our world is faced with.
___ Empower my students to be agents of change.
___ Encourage rich dialogue which spark debate and differences of opinion.
___ Read! Provide time for self selected independent reading everyday. Show kids that books can take them anywhere.
___ Create a sense of adventure and risk taking in the classroom.
___ Break down the walls of my classroom and “take” students on trips that span the globe.
___ Connect with parents. Continue our learning beyond the classroom. Have the students bring their learning home.
___ Have kids understand that math is all around them.
___ Connect with people and invite them to speak with kids about their jobs.
___ Give students a voice that permeates beyond our classroom walls.
___ Have kids understand who their most important connections are.
___ Teach kids how to make informed choices when selecting the tool(s) they will leverage to demonstrate their learning.
___ Teach kids how to be difference makers! Give students many opportunities to make positive differences for themselves, their peers, family members, their environment, their community and the world!
___ Teach kids that they can do anything they put their mind to.
I think my “kids” will be well prepared. I’m confident that I’ll do my job to the best of my ability and feel good knowing that I’ve done my part in helping to effectively prepare my students for THE TEST!