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Mike Maiello is an ESL teacher at Fremont Elementary School in Carson City, Nevada and a member of Ellevation’s 2015 Dream Team.
It’s that time of year again, and I’m not talking about the holidays or spring break. Whether you’re administering new tests, implementing online assessments for the first time, or struggling to keep up with your classroom schedule, chances are you might be a little stressed right now. I know I am.
My district just finished implementing ACCESS 2.0 and it was our first year using the online assessment. I should be excited, right? Our school district worked extremely hard to meet Title III requirements for EL proficiency gains, but we missed the mark on goals for exiting enough students. Especially at my school. During the testing process, many questions came to mind: Will my students be able to read everything on the screen and follow test directions? Do they realize they could exit our ESL program by doing really well on this test? How does that reflect on my work? Is the testing schedule I spent hours on going to work? Am I doing my job?
These thoughts and questions keep me up at night during testing season. And, I realize it’s not healthy. Having survived 5 years of testing, I thought I would share some tips that seem to help.
Tips to Keep Your Cool
Inevitably, your students are likely stressed as well. Many students have test anxiety, and most students would rather be in class learning with their peers.
Tips to Calm Your Students
How do you get through testing season? What tips or techniques help you or your students stay calm? Tweet at us (@ELLevationED) or respond in the comments below.
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