5 Tips to Encourage Your Students During Standardized Testing

It’s that time of year again – when the state testing period comes around and students’ nerves start to fray. If you’re looking for ways to support your students during this difficult time, here are five tips to encourage your students during standardized testing.

Five Tips to Encourage Your Students during Standardized Testing

Tip #1: Get the whole school on board!

Have students in younger grades encourage those involved in state testing. Younger grades can adopt a classroom or they can make creative posters and cards showing support. It’ll be like a mini-motivational squad cheering them on!

Tip #2: Get your students pumped for test day with some sweet encouragement!

Help them stay focused and get into the testing groove by having fun slogans like “You’re a real M&M-azing student” or “It’s CRUNCH time, do your best!” It’ll be sure to make even the toughest exams feel more manageable.

Tip #3: Encourage a little wiggle!

Give your students the energy boost they need by taking stretch breaks throughout their testing sessions. For those more antsy learners, attach some stretch bands to their desks so they can fidget and move while still staying focused on the task at hand.

Student using stretch bands on their chair to help with energy during standardized testing.

Tip #4: Bake in some fun!

After a hard day of testing, give your students the opportunity to destress with some celebratory fun and games! With Scoot review games with task cards or an exciting Jeopardy match-up, their knowledge will be reinforced in no time. For something extra special – why not challenge teams in a review Escape Room (review bundles shown below)?

Tip #5 – It’s show time!

You know your students have it in them – remind ’em that success is within their grasp. Testing should be about showing off what has been achieved and taken away from this year, so exude a calm confidence to inspire confidence in them too!

Encouraging your students during standardized testing can have a huge impact.

Standardized testing can be a stressful time for students, but with the right encouragement, it doesn’t have to be. We hope that these five tips helped you find ways to make state testing easier and more enjoyable for your students. From getting the school involved in motivating activities, to providing treats with motivational messages, or taking breaks throughout the day – there are plenty of ideas that will help show your class how much you believe in them! Ultimately, remind them that no matter what their results may be on test day they have already achieved so many amazing things this year and should feel proud of themselves!

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