Spring breaks are coming to a close around the country. Students are heading back with fervor as the taste of a break still lingers on their hearts and minds. However, for most educational therapy students, this time of year also marks the beginning or continuing of annual testing. Below are some tips to help make the process of annual testing organized, successful, and fun for both your students and yourself.
- To the best of your ability try to have the majority, if not all, of annual testing completed before your students begin classroom standardized testing. This will not only have them fresh for annual testing, but it also will provide you with time to start writing annual reports.
- Set up a testing folder with all copies needed for each student of the following forms. Black line masters should be found in your Level I manual: Annual testing reminders, Woodcock Johnson booklets (Test record and Subject response booklet), Informal Testing sheet for the appropriate grade of the student, Copy of the Bender Record Form, Several blank sheets of paper for math, Bender, Drawing of a person, and a Clock
- As you complete each section of testing, cross off or highlight the Annual Testing Reminders form so that should your planning not go as you thought you can quickly see which testing sections you have left to complete.
- Make sure students have eaten or provide a small snack to eat before testing. Bananas are a great brain food. String cheese is an easy protein that will keep energy up as well. Stay away from high sugar snacks to avoid sugar let down.
- Start the session with Rhythmic Writing to get the student focused.
- Once testing is done for that day – keep to the techniques, but also keep therapy light and fun: play Keywo, puzzles, Math Block games and fun oral reading passages.
- If testing for the day is heavy in a particular subject area, then focus the techniques for that session on an opposite subject area, as to not tax the brain. For instance, if the day is primarily math based, finish the session with techniques that are language arts based.
- Limit homework for Discovery for these sessions that testing is being done. Not only will it save you time checking during the session, but that will also help to not burden the student. Have the homework relate to the techniques done that day, not the testing subject area. Choose a few from: Blue Book Review pages, Buzzer, Rhythmic Writing, Sounds of Language to help with review pages in a fun way, and Fun math pages