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Re: Unruly Class and testing


From: Sandy Bacon (sbacon_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Mar 01 2001 - 18:07:14 PST

This is great, Heather! We have fourth grade proficiency exams coming up this
month. Guess what I'll be doing?!

Heather Leal wrote:

> All this talk about having classes after taking the big standardized state
> tests reminded me of something I did last year after our testing. Our kids
> were really worn out, they get a lot of pressure put on them- I teach at a
> middle school where most of the kids are second language English learners,
> anyway I knew they would be frazzled. Instead of working on their regular
> project I had them do drawings that showed what their brains looked like
> while they were taking the test, metaphorically. I got lots of great pictures
> of brains erupting like volcanoes, exploding like bombs, melting onto the
> desk, all sorts of funny, descriptive drawings. Some who were really
> frustrated found ways to show how confused they felt, thought bubbles filled
> with letters, and numbers and scribbles all mixed together. I started them
> off by reminding them of the commercial with the fried eggs and the saying
> "this is your brain on drugs..." to help them think of ways to show how they
> felt in a picture-
> Just a thought since we all probably have testing coming up in our schools-
> Heather
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