I wanted to share an activity I did the day before testing this year. I had the students do a Quickwrite into their Writer’s Journals. The sentence stem began as follows:
“I am going to kick the CST’s butt. I am so ready! I will…”
Then they were to write a paragraph or so finishing the thought using sensory details and concrete description. The students then picked Golden Lines from their pieces. The definition of a Golden Line for this activity, however, was not just a line that they were proud of but one that might serve to encourage others. Then then shared their line with the class and finalized it onto a flash card that they then taped to their desks. Since the students during testing week are mixed up alphabetically, I get a different group of kids then my normal students sitting at the desks.
On the day of testing, before we began, I encouraged the nervous testers to read their desks. Some were serious, some were funny. All were supportive of everything we’ve all learned this year. Here are some Golden Lines:
“I will take the test as if the answers were second nature.” – Brain
“I will use m mighty testing skills to overcome the whole packet.” – Jennifer
“I shall enter school ready and prepared like a cowboy in a showdown.” – Tony
“I will shove my pie of knowledge in the CST’s face.” – Raymond
“You can throw bullets and knives with your hard questions, but I shall dodge and shine through with triumph.” – Alejandra
“I will show that CST punk to not challenge me of my unlimited knowledge because it is pointless! I will pass!” – Vincent
“Failing is not an option, and passing is my way to success.” – Kitty
“I’m going to get such a high score that the people who made the etst are going to cry about how they failed to make it harder.” – Karl
“You can test me in all you want, but I will conquer and defeat you.” – Iluhi
“Fear is the only thing that is feeding the CSTs’ power over the students.” – Nathan
Such great kids.
Hope this testing season finds you well.