Lower Test Anxiety and Improve Retention with These Strategies

Lower Test Anxiety and Improve Retention with These Strategies

Learn about the newest innovations in testing and assessment. You can improve retention and lower anxiety. Try these simple strategies from Todd Finley.

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2 Power Assessment Tips: Learn about how Todd combines social-emotional learning with formative assessment. Plus, he has powerful year-end strategies that reduce test anxiety.

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Thank You Fresh Grade, Today's Sponsor

[callout]This episode is sponsored by Fresh Grade. They have a free tool that lets you create student portfolios. These portfolios can include video, sound, various kinds of media, text and more. You can even include student and parent comments! Use Fresh Grade for your student portfolios. Take time to test out Fresh Grade. It's free for parents, students and teachers.

If you go to Fresh Grade's site, you'll also get a bonus episode with Todd about The Biggest Mistake Teachers Make When Giving Their End of the Year Grade.”  [/callout]

What You'll Hear When You Listen to This Episode

  • Research about lowering test anxiety and what Todd Found when he tried it.
  • How social-emotional learning as part of formative assessment can lower anxiety and increase retention(with examples)
  • How to help kids get excited about tests and quizzes and the research on why this works.
  • Some powerful ways to end the school year with assessment.
  • Learn about the anonymous letters that Todd has the students write at the end of the school year.

Todd Finley, PhD, is a tenured professor of English Education at East Carolina University and a staff writer and assistant editor for Edutopia. He has taught elementary and 7-12th grade English and co-developed the Tar River Writing Project. He is the author books, Dinkytown Braves and Rethinking Classroom Design.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Emily Bennett May 28, 2016 - 11:06 am

This is my first time listening. I love the idea of have a student drawing a circle and writing what was in their control and what wasn’t. Great way to get students to think and respond!!

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