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Old 10-10-2010, 06:34 PM
 
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What do you have your students do while they wait for their other classmates to finish the state tests? I am heading into having my kids testing for the next two weeks. I was looking for some new ideas of what they could do while they wait for others to finish.
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Check to see what your state allows
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You might want to check what your state allows the kids to do after testing. I know here there are some pretty strict rules and the only thing they are allowed to do is silents read---YUCK!.

I always make sure to have a collection of comic, Eye spy, joke and puzzles on hand.
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Depends on your grade level, but I would avoid anything that is too much "fun". Some kids rush through the test and don't take any time to actually read the stories or calculate the math problems. It really is "multiple-guess" for them, rather than multiple choice. If kids know they have something fun to do as soon as they finish, they are even more motivated to hurry through.

I have to respectfully disagree with the PP. I don't see anything "yuck" about silent reading. Throughout the year, I always encourage my students to read, and that is what they are required to do when they finish a test in my class.
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Our state test directions say that the only thing they may do is read. I know some teachers let them color or do word searches. I know that would distract my students. The only thing my kids can do on any day when they finish their work is read and honestly after the first month, once they get adjusted, they love the time they get to read and often beg for more so this is not an issue during stat tests.
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Old 10-11-2010, 03:45 PM
 
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are allowed to do absolutely nothing. They can't read, do other work, no puzzles, nothing but sit there. They can sleep if they wish. If they snore, we have to wake them. Seriously! Some sit there for well over 2 hours.
I agree that it shouldn't be anything too fun or the students will rush. Silent reading is a good thing, my students would kill to be able to have an extended amount of time like that to read.


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Plus remember the students who are finished must be respectfully silent SO others can concentrate to finish . Coloring/drawing can get noisy when they're fishing around for crayons, etc...

Reading is usually the most silent you can get except maybe the sleeping another post mentioned

Our state just says "silent work"
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Old 10-12-2010, 08:49 AM
 
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I usually make a packet of puzzles, mazes, coloring sheets (only let them use colored pencils). The packets are usually themed. So, for example, right now I would make one having to do with fall or Halloween.
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Our kids may recheck work or put their heads down.

No other materials aloud!!!
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