1. I do teach my students about multiple choice questions. In fact, I try to get them in the minds of a test writer by teaching them about distractors and even having them try writing questions with a right answer, a distractor, and two other relevant answers. We even talk about the art of “coloring the bubble”.
2. I do teach my students about healthy testing behaviors like getting sleep, eating well, and relaxing for best performance.
3. I do teach my students about reading critically, about going back into texts to find answers, about thinking about what authors are trying to tell us.
4. I do teach my students about staying focused and checking over their work.
5. I do teach my students about answering questions fully and providing evidence found in the texts.
6. I do teach my students about what to do when they encounter a challenging problem. We learn all sorts of strategies that gives us POWER…how to reread directions. How to find key words. How to “give it a try” on scratch paper. Even how to SKIP it if it is interfering–and then we come back later.
7. I teach my students about problem solving and looking for patterns.
8. I teach my students to read all sorts of materials…stories…poems…articles…graphs…infographics.
9. I teach my students how to work with stamina so they can sit and complete a task that might take them an hour or so–without losing focus.
10. I teach my students how to be ok with doing their best and having an “I can do it!” attitude. I want them to treat everything they do with that spirit…and to walk away knowing that they did their best–and that’s all they can do. I want my students to walk out after the test feeling great–that they did their job…even when the questions were tough.