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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.

Benefits

  • 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
Epilogue
Appendix: Reproducibles

REPRODUCIBLES

Chapter 4

Chapter 6

Chapter 8

Appendix

SUGGESTED RESOURCES

BOOKS

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  • Marzano, R. J., Norford, J. S., & Ruyle, M. (2019). The new art and science of classroom assessment. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Marzano, R. J., & Simms, J. A. (2013). Vocabulary for the Common Core. Bloomington, IN: Marzano Resources.
  • Mason, C., Rivers Murphy, M. M., & Jackson, Y. (2018). Mindfulness practices: Cultivating heart centered communities where students focus and flourish. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Mason, C., Rivers Murphy, M. M., & Jackson, Y. (2020). Mindful school communities: The five Cs of nurturing heart centered learning. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
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  • Simms, J. A., & Marzano, R. J. (2019). The new art and science of teaching reading. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.

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