How to Use a Classroom Theme to Motivate Students on Standardized Tests
While standardized testing can be a stressful time, the best way to navigate through it is to keep a positive and motivating classroom environment. One of my favorite ways to do this is by integrating testing themes. There are so many creative ideas out there, but make sure to keep in mind the interests of your students to insure the highest level of investment.
Below are some ideas from creative teachers at my school. Hopefully you will be inspired and gain some ideas to ensure a fun testing experience for your students.
This first example is a donut theme made by the Kindergarten team for my students last year. Each Kindergartner decorated a donut for one of my students. As a bonus my students got to eat a donut after testing was over.
Whatever theme you choose be sure it is something that interests your students. For example this year my class is really into Emojis. I made this Emoji theme poster for them, and I can't wait to see their reaction on Monday!
Another popular testing theme is candy. While I don't like to use candy as a reward, it can be used as a theme for testing motivation. One of my favorite things to do with this theme is to give my students an encouraging note before each day of testing with a piece of candy attached to it. For example the note might say "Blow the test away!" with a Blow Pop attached to it. You can read more about how not to reward students HERE.
Be sure to check out the adorable Smartie Pants display that the first grade team made for my class this year!
Another fun theme for test motivation is popcorn. At the end of testing students could have a movie and popcorn party to celebrate their accomplishment.
Hopefully you have gotten some fun testing motivation ideas and you feel inspired to select a testing theme for your classroom. Let us know what you decide!
For more tips on testing motivation check out Three Effective Ways to Motivate Students on Standardized Tests.
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