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Monday, April 15, 2013

Rock the Test!

I don't know about you, but April seems to be testing month at my school!  We just finished our SAT 10s and will test NeSA-Reading and Math during the next two weeks.  To get the kids pumped up, my super, amazing teaching partner planned a "Rock the Test" pep rally, and found an adorable craft for the kids to decorate the hallway with.  

How cute are these little rock stars?  Find the template on Teachers Pay Teachers.  

Even the signs on the classroom doors fit in with the theme perfectly!

Our pep rally consisted of cheers from the teachers, a visit from the anchors and mascot of a local news station, and an adorable video created by my teaching partner to the tune of the song, "Dynamite." (Have I mentioned how awesomely creative she is?).  The lyrics were changed to fit with the testing theme, and the choir even sang the song we used in our video.   Here is the original video it was modeled after: 

After the pep rally, students walked through an archway of streamers and balloons to the school hallway, which was lined with K-2 students (who don't participate in the testing yet).  Everyone was holding "Good Luck" posters and cheering for the students as they walked through the hallways back to their classrooms.  Some of the posters are hanging in our hallways now to encourage the students throughout testing.

Wouldn't these testing treats from Dots n' Spots be fun to give out to the students after testing is completed?  Find the template for the cute tag on Teachers Pay Teachers.

What do you do to get your students motivated for testing?  I would love to hear your ideas!  Share your comments below.  

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