All tagged March Madness

How to Make Test Prep Engaging with STEM

Test prep doesn’t have to be boring!

Whether you agree with state testing or not, it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. You can either fight it, or you can choose to set your students up for success by providing them with test prep activities to help them feel prepared.

Unfortunately, many of these activities take the form of worksheets and/or “drill and kill” types of activities. I am sad to admit that I used to use some of these activities with my third graders as we prepared for state testing, but then I found a better way.

During this testing season you don’t have to choose between fun classroom activities or test prep. You can have both with STEM. Let’s learn how!

March Madness STEM Challenges

March has finally arrived and in just one short week selection Sunday will be upon us and the madness will begin. Unfortunately, the madness that I am referring to does not just apply to basketball. 

After being cooped up inside during the winter months, the warmer weather seems to trigger some kind of alarm that tends to set students off.  Students in the upper grades are also on edge due to standardized testing.

Why not give your students a break and allow them to embrace the madness? Allow students to use their creativity and problem solving skills with these March Madness inspired STEM ideas!