The Highway to Success
Ending the school year with a strong finish
"Are we there yet?"
The end of the school year is a lot like those long car trips. Your students are ready for school to be over and for the summer to begin. We, as teachers, have to encourage students to stay engaged and to keep their eyes on "their road to their destination"---a successful ending to the school year. We must help them plan for a strong finish to the school year. Here are some strategies to keep your students thinking positively and for staying engaged.
1. At least once each week—until the final class—remind students where they started and how far they have come, academically and socially, as well as in their attitude and effort.
2. Be precise when reminding students of all the attitudes and actions that have gotten them to this point. We might say, “These are the reasons for your success. Do not abandon these characteristics in the last days of school. Build upon them. Perfect them.”
3. Lay out both a daily and weekly plan of achievement for the final days of school. Students must know about and understand the plan, the need for it, and the achievement that is expected.
4. Resist the urge to change the rules of the game—especially now. If you want to guarantee a troubled ending, all you need to do is change your expectations, initiate new procedures, install new rules, or change your approach.
5. Celebrate work, effort, improvement, and success frequently.
6. Remember the importance of relationships. Relationships are very important to students at this time.
Motivate and Prepare Students for Testing
The Big Test by Julie Danneberg
Mrs.. Hartwell is preparing her class to take the Big Test. Knowing they have studied and are well-prepared, she helps the students practice how to sit quietly, fill in the bubbles, and follow the directions. She even instructs them on proper morning-of-the-test nutrition. As her students grow increasingly anxious about the Big Test, Mrs. Hartwell realizes she has to teach the most valuable test-taking skill of all: learning to relax!
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Have parents write a letter to their children encouraging them to do well on standardized testing. All staff in the building can also "adopt a student" to write to and serve as "parents" This extra special feeling will serve as a great motivator for students and the words of encouragement reaffirms the positive relationship that teachers have with their students. This motivational technique should be done the week prior to testing.