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3 Easy Ways to Motivate your Students on Test Day

Testing season can be stressful, and it's also at the end of the school year when students are tired and itching for summer vacation. How can you get them motivated to take a state test? Check out my tips below!


1. Letter of Encouragement

Sometimes I write a note on students' desks after they leave for the day, so it's the first thing they see when they come in the morning of the test. This is time-consuming, however, so another idea is to have students write themselves a note of encouragement (we use dry erase markers on our desks). Check out this student example below! Notice they didn't just say, "You got this", but also listed reminders of test-taking tips that we had practiced in class: read carefully, highlight, take your time, and check twice.

Student note of encouragement written on desk
Student note of encouragement to themself

2. Coloring Pages

Coloring is a relaxing activity that can also provide a positive message! These coloring sheets are designed for Virginia SOL testing, with the motivational message: "Show Off your Learning".

3. Leave a Treat

Who doesn't love to walk into the classroom and discover a treat on your desk? Use these free notes to attach with a treat. There are several different options to help you accommodate for any food allergies your students may have.

Encourage your students and take a deep breath. You've got this!!



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