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I Need Your Full Cooperation and Total Attention

by Jose Vilson on February 23, 2009

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Just a few things I’d like to mention.

I came into my classroom ready to breeze through the last few standards before the NYS Math Test (probability, permutations, and the like). I came in with a vengeance, remembering the things I needed to cover before those two dreaded words:

Test. Prep.

I’m officially nervous about the NYS Math Test 9 school days from now. I don’t think my kids are in many ways prepared to excel on that test. Today, I went to other classes to see how they did test prep, and found some really good and solid ideas for how to do test prep. I suppose I should share them here, but I’d rather not until I figure it all out.

Anyone have any ideas for making test prep informative without making it boring? I’m really trying to make it worthwhile for both of us (us being the teacher and students). Help if you know how.

Jose, who just needs this week to be over.

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Joy February 23, 2009 at 10:54 pm

http://www.smp.gseis.ucla.edu/Resources/EdNews/downloads/Test-Thinking%20Strategy%20FINAL.pdf

My teachers use the Miramonte Method across the board. Math ,science, history, and of course, English. It’s one of the most “authentic” ways to help prepare students for standardized testing. It promotes discussion and my students love it. Teachers use it a variety of ways.
On twitter @joymh. :)

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Mamita Mala February 24, 2009 at 7:48 am

I stay away from the test booklets like the plague. Kids are so sick of those by the time the test comes. I just tend to focus on the skills.

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Carrie Kamm March 10, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Dare I say “Test Prep Jeopardy”? My students always had fun with it.

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