I teach students relaxation techniques using ideas from 101 Relaxation Games for Children. We practice the techniques, reflect on them (using the worksheet below), and then decide when to use each strategy. Students will even describe how to use the techniques so they can remember how to utilize the strategies on their own.
Before our state standardized tests, I offer classroom counseling lessons to help with test anxiety. These lessons are for students in grades 3-6. The PowerPoint highlights portions of The Testing Zone by Bruce Boguski.
During the "emotion zones" part of the presentation, I use clips from The Incredibles. High + (Chapter 31, race), High - (Chapter 18, until "grounded"), Low + (Chapter 31, until race starts), Low - (Chapter 3, after phone call) High + (high energy, positive attitude) and Low + (low energy, positive attitude) are the best for test-taking situations
Since I do the same lesson for grades 3-6, I don't want my students getting bored, even if it is only once a year. I modified the lesson slightly. 1 big change: I now use Up to teach the emotion zones. High + (Chapter 2, until "What are you doing?"), Low - (Chapter 4, until he sits), High - (Chapter 16 and Low + (Chapter 16)
This year, my whole school got on board with the test anxiety theme. We visited all of our 3rd-6th graders' houses to drop off test prep bags with monster fruit snacks, test tips bookmarks, test tips checklist, pencil, and letter. It was a great way to introduce the theme prior to my classroom lessons.
Students can create shields with positive solutions to problems such as anxiety, bullying, and other difficult issues. These solutions protect them from the negative affects of their problems. Great discussion starter!
This will be a great addition to my test anxiety lessons before April's state standardized tests. After reviewing strategies, students can brainstorm what tips they plan to utilize during their tests.
This idea from Kindergarten Rocks is a wonderful way to check your students' understanding. When you ask comprehension questions after your lesson, students take turns swatting their answers. You can hang your chart paper on the wall or lay it out on the floor. If possible, laminate the paper so it can withstand more lessons.
I would use this activity to pre-test my students and to end a unit. If you're conducting many classroom lessons in a year, you'll need to change things up a bit. This is a perfect way to do so.
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