Testing Motivation for Students
This week my students finished up their state testing. I’ve been doing everything in my power to keep them motivated and engaged up until this point. The correct amount of motivation goes a long way for us and them. So how do I keep my students motivated? This article will outline my testing motivation ideas for students.
Implementing Testing Motivation for Students
Test motivators for students can be tricky. You want students to be intrinsically motivated, believe in themselves, and feel supported.
On the first day, I give students encouraging notes. Whether this note is written from you, a parent, or another student it will have a tremendous impact. I typically include motivational quotes and a heartfelt note telling them how much they’ve grown and how proud I am of all they’ve accomplished this year. This puts them in the proper head space when beginning their test and assures them that everything will be fine.
Everyone loves surprises. Each day of state testing my teammate and I leave a testing related pun with a treat. The students look forward to seeing what surprise will be waiting for them on their desk.
The Secret Box
The secret box is one of my favorite ways to motivate students for their state test. Place a secret box in your room with a label or tag that reads “Do not open until ____________” (usually the last day of testing). This will build suspense all week long.
Motivational Videos for Students
Below is a list of my favorite motivational videos for students.
212 Degrees – this one will require a bit of explanation
The Testing Pep Talk
Sometimes you just need to have a conversation with your students about state testing. Remind them that it was your job to teach them everything and it’s their job to apply it. They can handle anything that shows up on this test and when they get stuck – they need to speak to themselves kindly. They need to give their brain a chance to understand before giving up.
Web of Love
I love this activity for building a strong classroom community and as a test prep motivator. Put all of your students in a circle and give one student a ball of yarn or string. The student with the ball of yarn will hold onto one piece and will toss the ball to another student. When the 2nd student catches the yarn, the first student will give them a compliment and explain why the other student is an important member of your class. This cycle continues until you have a web of yarn aka a web of love.
An additional idea for providing your students with testing encouragement is fear notes. Fear notes are notes written by students that expresses their fearful thoughts and negative feelings about the test. For example, many students are scared it’ll be too hard or they aren’t smart enough. I encourage them to write all of these things down and then destroy it. You can have students rip up their letters and throw them in the trash along with their fearful thinking. From now on, it’s nothing but positivity and hard work.
State Testing Encouragement Posters
You know the depressing moment when you have to remove all your decorations and anchor charts? Replace them with motivation posters. When your students look around the room all they’ll see is encouragement.
Growth Mindset All Year Long
I’m a huge advocate for teaching growth mindset and positive mindset strategies all year long. If you are looking for additional resources, check out the following resources and articles.
Additional Blog Posts
Best of luck on your state assessment!