TEST TAKERS – HELP FOR THE FRIGHTENED
Linda M. Penn
The time is arriving – no, not just Spring Break! It’s getting time for those pesky, time-consuming, end-of-the-year accountability tests. Was it just three months ago that I wrote about teachers and students and the crunch time for learning being upon them? (See my Blog dated December 28, 2015 “Crunch Time – The Heat is On!”)
Teachers, you and the kiddos may have about another a month or so to put the finishing touches on test-prep activities. Parents, you have to get ready too! Start looking for those test-anxiety symptoms in your children: excessive sweating, headaches, throwing up, diarrhea, irritability (well…moreso than normal!), and the most famous of all – the stomachache. So what are you going to do to help your frightened test-takers at home?
- Reinforce the teacher’s efforts to prepare the students. If you talk negatively about the teacher and testing, the student’s attitude will be flawed.
- Calmly inquire of your child about any test preparations at school and help the child with any review work that seems necessary.
- Practice relaxation techniques – deep breaths, counting to 10, closing eyes and focusing on a calm scene, prayer.
- Reminding your children how proud you are of them and how you know they will try their best on tests.
- Imparting confidence to the kids – “You have studied and practiced, so you are ready for testing!”
- Explain it is okay to feel anxious about upcoming tests. “You have to be brave when that sinking negative feeling comes upon you. Refocus to something positive.”
- Avoid any confrontation with the kids on test days - if possible! If you can hold off with the “it’s time to get that room of yours cleaned up,” or “pick up those dirty towels – NOW,” please do so.
Somehow, teachers and parents, try to keep yourself POSITIVE, so the kids
will be also!
SEE YOU AGAIN THE FIRST WEEK OF MAY – “FILLING THOSESCHOOL DAYS BETWEEN THE END-of-TESTING AND SUMMER BREAK”
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