Testing Pressure

Quick Tip: Testing Pressure

I wish that others would realize that we sooo much want our students to be successful. I mean let’s face it even if someone didn’t care about students’ success they still would want top test scores so they could look good. Others feel that turning up the heat will help to make us more effective when the challenge is more too much to teach in too little time. Testing pressure can be all consuming but the truth is…it will do you no good. Set realistic goals, give as much individualized attention as possible, and always pay attention to the data. But getting frantic and internalizing stress has no benefit. It will only work against you. In addition students do not need their teachers to subject them to test anxiety. They need to take their learning and performance seriously, but they are just kids. They need to find some joy in learning and that particular year in their life. Their childhoods are short and they deserve to learn in an environment that is conducive to learning. They will learn more and perform better without the added anxiety. Even as your colleagues and administration might get frantic, don’t internalize it. The pressure is on. But…Essentially no one can get you upset except yourself. Keep your composure and stay strong.

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