“In short, it doesn’t matter how many practice tests we give; if the learners are not engaged or fail to see the purpose, their learning will not be optimized and performance on high-stakes tests will not be bolstered.
Don’t take my word; ask yourself: Teachers- to what extent are your students motivated and genuinely engaged by test prep? Administrators- Do your best teachers claim that test prep is their favorite or most effective teaching practice? Parents- Do your children rave about the joys of test prep at the dinner table?” Source Unknown
I ran across this the other day- no I don’t go out looking for new stuff about test prep. It finds me. Plus, it is a huge part of the modern educational system, so it is, frankly, easy to find articles and posts about it.
I appreciated this one because student engagement and motivation are another challenge in the classroom, so when one is pitted against the other, something has to give. I think there are ways to help prepare students for the test- Listen to the podcast from the last post-
I just think that ongoing test prep is not the best for our students. I could be wrong, but when we talk with our students, I am sure they would share their dislike for the ongoing test prep. What do you think? What do you do to help your students ‘enjoy’ test prep? Leave a comment below.