Motivate Students for “The Test”

With testing season on us, here are some tips for helping build enthusiasm and motivation for that high-stakes test:

  • Parents write letters of encouragement for their kids to read. Pass the letters out on the first day of the test as a surprise. What about the child who doesn’t have a letter? Have one for him or her from last year’s teacher, the PE teacher, or a high school athlete.
  • Kids can wear a hat, a bandanna, or a t-shirt on test preparation days. When you wear it, that means you are a thinker!
  • Students bring in their own shirt and decorate the front any way they want, but they must fill the back with motivational phrases so the kids sitting behind them see the phrases during testing.
  • Have a test prep rally.
  • Walk/run ¼ mile on the track before the test.
  • Have a motivational wall in the back of the room. The students bring in a picture of someone they love and write a sentence about why they work hard for that person.
  • The teacher writes a note and provides candy for each student on test day (I know you are smart! ☺).
  • Breakfast Brunch—a morning breakfast for everyone before the test starts. It provides a time for students to talk and eat before testing.
  • Motivational graffiti in the halls.
  • Positive posters made by students and hung on test day.
  • Quote of the day to boost confidence.
  • Let the students chew gum during the test.

About mprater

I'm a recently retired school teacher/administrator continuing to help people grow through personal learning. When not blogging, I do consulting work for schools and organizations, make presentations at conferences, and research for publication. At the same time, I have to set aside enough time to enjoy the "good life" of retirement!
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