WEEK OF APRIL 29 - MAY 30, 2013
NJASK TESTING IS ALMOST HERE!
I am very confident that your sons and daughters are prepared for next week's test. We have had ample time to learn and practice the math and ELA skills they need to succeed. Where most students stumble is in the lack of careful direction reading and in taking their time. PLEASE REMIND and ENCOURAGE your child to read all parts of the test carefully and use the full allotted time to review and reread, to revise and edit for greater detail, and to double-check that they have not made a silly mistake, especially in filling the wrong circles.
Here 's a "daily dose" of brief reminders on how to improve performance on these, and all kinds of, tests!
TEST TIP of the DAY:
Monday, April 29
"Avoid foods that a high in sugar, such as chocolates, desserts, and candies. They will send you off on sugar highs and lows — the opposite of stabilizing you during your long exam."
"A good night’s sleep is particularly important for memory... sleep deprivation can negatively affect mental performance and muscle control..."
"Relax. If you're so nervous that you blank out, you might need a mini-break. Of course you can't get up and move around in the middle of a test, but you can wiggle your fingers and toes, take four or five deep breaths, or picture yourself on a beach or some other calm place."
"Listen carefully to the instructions from the teacher, and read the directions to each question carefully (especially the constructed response and written questions). Be sure you understand exactly what you have to do for each part of the test."
*** IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENT ***
May 7th through May 9th: NJASK TESTING. Please make every effort to have your student get a full night's sleep and filling breakfast these days. These do make a difference on test performance. Thank you!
Here's a look at what's going on in the classroom this week:
- MATH: Geometry: congruent, similar, incongruent; measuring and making shapes (edges and angles) using rulers and protractors; and plotting and moving shapes on the x-axis and y-axis.
- READING / WRITING: NJASK review of a variety of reading and writing skills in preparation for the upcoming testing
- SOCIAL STUDIES: