15 Creative and Fun Test Review Ideas

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Jan 22, 2015 7:59:44 AM

Over the years I have gone back and forth about the necessity of review days.  Sometimes they have felt like a cop out or a waste of time and sometimes they have felt like a much needed way to pull together the big picture from a long unit of study.  Review days can also be a strategy for teaching students how to study, which they can then take into other courses.  I think the keys to review days are:

  • having a variety of strategies to pull from according to subject, length of unit, and type of upcoming assessment
  • keeping the goals in mind and avoiding busy work (Goals may be SAT vocab rote memorization, literary analysis essay preparation, or many other necessary pursuits)

In the spirit of adding to our collective review toolbox, I'm sharing 15 review techniques, and I would love to hear your additions and thoughts in the comment section below!

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Topics: Assessments, study, testing, tips, review tips, test review

Multiple Choice in the ELA Classroom: 5 Best Practices and 3 Past Practices

Posted by Oona Abrams on Apr 9, 2013 10:30:19 AM

Like all parents, I sometimes struggle with my child at homework time. My first grader's regular math exercises  include a variety of activities, including  multiple choice questions. He often bubbles whatever answer strikes his fancy in hopes that I won't notice or check his work. In anticipation of this, I now cover the answer options on his worksheet with mini post-it's and ask him to work out the answer before he can lift up the stickies and fill in the bubbles. (Can you tell I'm the teacher mother?) This week, he was particularly frustrated with my strategy. It was 4:00.  He wanted to go over to his friend's house to play. He gave me that wide-eyed, Puss in Boots, imploring gaze and argued, "But Mom, sometimes bubbles help me. Can't you just tell me the answer?" Now there's a question I have fielded before. I gave him my stock answer: "I'll tell you the right answer, honey. But then you have to tell me why it's right."

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Topics: assessment, Assessments, multiple choice, testing, tips

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