As we return to our classrooms from a wonderful holiday break to embark upon the spring semester, thoughts of testing loom. The first half of the year is over, and very soon, our hard work will be measured through a single spring assessment.
Since we LOVE sports (ok, so mainly Susan does, ha!), we thought about the parallels between preparing for spring testing and competitive sports. We believe that preparing for spring testing is akin to preparing for the big game, requiring lots of practice and conditioning. With several months to go, there is ample time to recruit your students to take part in your very own “spring training program.”
1. Focus on the fundamentals - End of year assessments are intended to measure how well students know and understand learning standards. The best path to victory is teaching all grade level standards throughout the year in ways that engage and inspire learning.
2. Practice how you play - Coaches require players to practice like they play the game. When students are provided opportunities to practice as they will be tested, their chances of success are drastically improved.
Practice suggestions include:
Susan Dewees, Ed.D. is an administrator at a large middle school. She also served as a Turnaround Team Coordinator for a public school district in Louisiana. She has 20 years of experience in public school education, and special education is one of her specialties.
Erin Stokes, Ed.D. is a Title I Instructional Coordinator for a public school district in Louisiana. She has over 10 years of experience as a teacher and instructional coach. She is also an adjuct professor at Louisiana College. She loves students, teachers, and most of all--learning.
Becky Pippen, Ed.D. is currently serving as principal of a large middle school in Louisiana. She has over 20 years experience in educational leadership. She is passionate about improving the teacher workforce so that all students have the quality of instruction they deserve.