In all honesty, the last thing I want to do is teach towards a test (it helps that I have no idea what this test looks like haha!)
In preparation for the unknown, I've been working on teaching strategies to help the students tackle the test.
This chart to show the strategies students need when taking a multiple choice math test.
I really wanted to show the students what to do when they take a test--so many students just read the question or math problem and circle an answer. They don't really know what else to do!
With both the charts, we practice how to do each strategy. I take copies of old tests and make packets for the students. I model some of the strategies using a model text and they try out the same strategies on another text.
I start slow (usually in November) and practice each strategy in isolation. As the test gets closer, I model how to use more than one strategy at a time.
Right now, we're working on pacing. I teach a Saturday Test Prep class for my students. The first session, I gave them 50 minutes to complete 5 passages with 30 multiple choice questions. No one finished--the highest question number being #19! Yikes!
To practice pacing, I assess the length of the text and the number of questions using one passage at a time. I give the students an idea of how long it should take and I set the timer. As they work on the passage, I
On a side note--there's a huge spring sale happening:
Thank you to Tonya from Tonya's Treats for Teachers for creating this super cute graphic :)
Happy Spring :)