De-Stress the Test
Brain-Friendly Strategies to Prepare Students for High-Stakes Assessments
Acquire actionable steps you can take throughout the school year to alleviate student test anxiety and create brain-friendly classrooms full of focus and learning. Understand what causes testing anxiety and discover how to implement social-emotional learning strategies in the classroom to help prepare students mentally, emotionally, and physically for high-stakes assessments.
- Understand the negative effects tests can have on students, teachers, and parents.
- Help students develop social-emotional learning skills and a growth mindset.
- Use formative assessments to accelerate learning and build students’ confidence.
- Implement mindfulness strategies in the classroom to mitigate student stress and anxiety.
- Learn long- and short-term practical methods for ensuring students’ mental, emotional, and physical readiness for tests.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Part 1: High-Stakes Tests and Stress
Chapter 1: The Meaning of High-Stakes Tests
Chapter 2: The Stress of High-Stakes Testing
Part 2: Stress Prevention and Management Strategies
Chapter 3: Body- and Brain-Friendly Classrooms and Testing Environments
Chapter 4: The Development of Student Agency Through Self-Efficacy, Growth Mindset, and Perseverance
Chapter 5: Mindfulness Practices for the Classroom
Part 3: Ways to Prepare Students for High-Stakes Tests
Chapter 6: Feedback and Formative Assessments
Chapter 7: Academic Vocabulary Instruction
Chapter 8: Test Prep for Students and Teachers
- Personal-Praise Statements and Process-Praise Statements
- Activity to Evaluate Inner Thoughts
- Classroom Poster on Failure
- Critical Academic Vocabulary
- Practicing Positive Self-Talk
- Can You Follow Instructions?
- Top-Ten Test-Taking Tips
- Planning to De-Stress the Test
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- ADHD data
- Brain Breaks Bank
- Common Core State Standards
- Crossword-puzzle generator
- Education Corner’s “Test Taking Strategies”
- Enrichment Therapies
- Five breathing techniques for students
- Five-minute breathing exercise
- Five minutes of breathing for relaxation
- Foldable booklet instructions
- Google Forms
- Healthy mind platter
- Jennifer Findlay’s Online Testing Strategies
- K12 Reader
- Khan Academy
- One minute of triangle breathing
- Poll Everywhere
- Psychology Today’s “10 Failsafe Test-Taking Tips”
- Research Collaborating Lab at University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning questionnaires
- Sight Words
- Smarter Balanced
- Ten-minute resonant-breathing exercise
- The Test Taking Tips
- Tribes Learning Community
- Vocabulary builder