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Old 03-11-2007, 07:21 AM
 
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I heard recently, when I was teacher younger kids, that students who were taking state tests were given mints to eat while they were testing. The theory behind this was to give them some sugar and energy during the test nd to keep them alert. My kids will be taking tests next week and was wondering if anyone gives mints to heir kids as they are taking the tests. I'm thinking of it, but I don't want it to be a distraction. They'll be testing for 6 days, and for over an hour every day. Thanks


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Old 03-11-2007, 07:27 AM
 
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A couple mints before the test starts with a slogan. Example: One day might be "You are a super mint" Cut out stars and staple the mints to the star. "You are a test taking star"
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Old 03-11-2007, 09:50 AM
 
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I can't remember were I heard it (I think it was a brain research workshop) but I remember being told that the peppermint or wintergreen in the mint does something to the brain and helps students' scores. Sorry I can't be of much help.
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Old 03-11-2007, 10:09 AM
 
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We did chewing gum! GASP! But - as we understood it - the chewing motion is what kept the brain juices flowing... We practiced with gum for a few days before the test. They had to be taught how to appropriately chew gum! It worked for us.
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Old 03-11-2007, 10:23 AM
 
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We used to allow peppermints. They are supposed to increase brain function. However, our "test administrators" determined that some of their fingers get sticky and then the sticky can be transfered to the answer document. Supposedly, we had a couple of answer documents stick together two years ago.

Now, we give out a package of fruit snacks every day of the testing. I, personally, give them an extra mint after lunch to keep them going. I always instruct my 7th graders to keep it in their mouths, and I have no issues.

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when i was in fourth grade, my teachers handed out mint gum(mints for the kids with braces) and gave us a five min. break in the middle 2 throw away gum and get more. Dont overdo it, my teacher had us all on sugar rush an hour later!
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Scotch mints
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My former and current students tell me that the only good thing about having to take a test is being able to suck on the scotch mints that I pass out. I've being doing this for over 20 years -- not because of research but to make the testing experience more pleasant. Perhaps this idea came from my own childhood experience of sitting thru the long church sermons and my mom giving me a scotch mint to suck on. I didn't enjoy the sermon that much but I looked forward to having a scotch mint each Sunday.
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Old 03-21-2007, 07:34 PM
 
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I gave my children mints during our tests. Every morning, I just put one inside their desk, and they ate it whenever they needed it. I noticed most of them eating it when they were getting to some tough parts. They looked forward to the mints every day. Another teacher at my school lets them chew gum during the test. She just made sure they spit it out when they were done the test. Mints were a lot easier for me.
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Old 03-30-2007, 10:37 AM
 
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We have state tests for several days. We too can't give them anything sticky, but I like to use "Smart Pills"-smarties. Another idea we used last year is below:
We Shall Overcome the EOGs!!!

To help students celebrate all the hard work they’ve done in preparing for the EOGs , we will do the following:

Wednesday: Sock it to the EOGs (Students wear the craziest socks they can find. Be creative and fun. Don’t have crazy socks? Wear two that don’t match.)

Thursday: Tie up the EOGs (Students wear “ties” to school. Be creative and have fun with wacky and crazy ties.)

Friday: Lick the EOGs (Blow Pop or Tootsie Pop suckers)
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Old 03-30-2007, 04:11 PM
 
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I give my kids Peppermint Patties. It is true that peppermint increases something in the brain. But I have also heard something similar about chocolate. Last year, I figured...well, chocolate and peppermint together = the York Peppermint Patties!


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Old 03-30-2007, 04:14 PM
 
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We let our kids chew a piece of minty gum while taking the test. We also offer mint candies to those who prefer them.
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I read an artical in the Washington Post some time ago about that.
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We are not allowed to give candy
Old 03-06-2009, 06:37 PM
 
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at all or any food until after lunch....
We used to have crackers as snacks during the break, but i guess those days are gone too!
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Old 04-06-2009, 05:11 PM
 
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Yes! Yes! Yes! Give them mints! I have taught in a low income school for over 15 years and know that along with a lot of building of up their self esteem the mints seem to help. Besides...what does it hurt. Some of these districts need to do some research and start teaching to all their students instead of just a few!
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Old 10-17-2009, 10:44 AM
 
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do you remember when you read this in the washington post and any other details about the article?
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Old 12-07-2010, 08:58 AM
 
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Mint herbal teas are known for its relaxing properties and if a kid is nervous about a test the smell and taste will help relax them. I recommend the sugar free spearmints. Check the herbal properties books for more details
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Old 12-07-2010, 05:58 PM
 
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Many years ago there was a research study about scents, tastes, and memory function. Our principal copied it for us but I don't think that I have it anymore. Peppermint enhances alertness to task completion and also increases scores on short and long term memory tasks. We have been giving students peppermints during district and state tests ever since. Our scores have steadily increased over the years --- could also be the teaching
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yes, mints help stipulate the brain, which in theory, helps the child be more consious and help them remember more
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