It is testing season, friends! With that said, I want to talk strategy today. What testing strategy do you encourage/enforce in your classroom?
This year, I found a wonderful resource from an administrator here in Texas. During inservice, she had all the teachers on her campus come together and generate a general strategy for key questions on Reading STAAR. Genius!! This creates vertical alignment because the expectation is not changing from one grade level to the next. You can read about the process and download her free resource. I don't necessarily hold to all of these strategies, but I love the idea of creating a campus strategy playbook.
One test-taking tip I instill is to PP first. Nope, I'm not talking about their restroom habits. I'm referring to the paired passage (although the potty humor helps them remember this trick and I use the Fresh Step ad to make it stick). Students know how to flip through and locate these selections (the directions at the top say read the next two selections). There are more questions about these passages and thinking about those connections can be challenging. I want students to tackle this part of the test first, when they are fresh...pun intended.
Leave a comment to share the go-to test taking strategies you arm your students with.