Friday, January 2, 2009
Before testing your students, be sure to review, review, review all relevant material they should know. Simply telling your students that the test will be on Unit 2 does not let them know what is relevant and what they should study. Some students might have processing deficits and cannot discern relevant from irrelevant information. They would also spend an inordinate amount of time concentrating on facts that they will not be tested on and are considered unimportant. Giving your students a study guide before any test will cut down on any confusion. Have the students fill it out and go over it in class. Teachers also need to personally check that each student has the correct answers on the study guide prior to tests. Even if the teacher goes over the study guide with the class orally, some students might miss relevant information due to their attention problems and processing deficits.
Parents are more than willing to work within what the teachers provide assuming that the information is accurate and enough lead-time given so that their child can be prepared adequately. Providing a complete study guide with answers at least 2 days before each test or quiz will allow the parents to help their child study for the test and they will be more successful in taking the test.