Preparing to “Rock that PASS”

Our principal’s motto is “Rock that PASS”.  Yeah, it’s a little corny, but that’s why I like it!  PASS is our state’s end of year assessment.   Every year I struggle with how to review the week or two before PASS testing, which is NEXT WEEK! Ahh!

This year, I choose to do something a little different. I choose stars for my stars:

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I created a large poster for each class and listed each standard; each time students mastered a standard I gave them a star! How did I know when they mastered each standard? I used a program called mobymax. The PTO (love them!) bought this for our school and I love it! I love all the data tracking! 🙂 The questions are rigorous and standards based, which is great! Unfortunately, I couldn’t be in the computer lab every day-I can’t hog the computer lab every day! So I also had to create small standards based assignments to go along with this program, usually just a handful of questions, anywhere from 5 to 10 on each assignment.

The computer program worked better than the paper based versions because it did a lot of my grading, but both were a great review. I spent sometime going over each of these assignments and helped each student as they worked on these assignments, so I feel confident about PASS testing next week!  The mobymax program created a placement test to find students weaknesses, based on that quick assessment I got to mark students as mastering standards where necessary. Each assignment from there on out were individually based and students could work at their own pace!

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The pictures shown of the posters were taken early on(which really depressed me at first – I’m not going to lie!), but now every student has just about all of their stars! Wahoo! Makes me happy and feel A LITTLE (only a little) less stressed about testing. Why is testing always so stressful? I know that I did my best and that the know the material, so I should not be stressed. I can not change anything! It will be what it will be.

Tips: plan on buying TONs of stars a head of time and prepare to spend a lot of time putting them up! 🙂 Also, make sure grading is easy to do so you are not over whelmed in the short-term! The key is quick turn around to make this endeavor successful.

My good company today:
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