I’ve been working hard to prepare my students for THE TEST all year. Here’s a check list that I created for myself in August while planning and looking forward to the new school year and 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.
___ 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” are prepared. I’m confident that I’ve done my job to the best of my ability and I feel good knowing that I’ve done my part in helping to effectively prepare my students for THE TEST!