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Test Success in the Brain-Compatible Classroom

Second Edition


November 2008 | 248 pages | Corwin

"An excellent tool to help teachers address issues related to testing so that those factors do not hinder student success. With an easy format and clear, concise instructions, the book tells not only how but why."
—Jolene Dockstader, Middle School English Teacher
Jerome School District #261, ID

Prepare students to do their best on tests!

Today's educational climate demands a multitude of high-stakes, standardized tests not only to assess student achievement, but also to promote school and teacher accountability. Carolyn Chapman and Rita King help educators meet the challenge with this second edition of Test Success in the Brain-Compatible Classroom. This research-based resource is packed with practical tips and tools needed to change attitudes about testing and improve test readiness and performance.

Educators will find a wealth of useful ideas and suggestions for preparing students for tests, creating positive test environments, and helping students deal with test anxiety. The authors bridge the gap between formal test formats and the way each student learns, retains, and transfers information to tests. These techniques can be implemented in any subject across all grade levels. This second edition features strategies, activities, and tips to:

  • Prepare students mentally, physically, and emotionally as productive test-takers
  • Create an optimal testing environment
  • Help students attack passages and use problem solving for test success
  • Interpret test data for strategic, customized planning

Put these easy-to-implement techniques to work in your classroom throughout the year and transform each test experience into a celebration of achievement and learning.


 
Part I. Foreword by Robert Eaker
 
Part II. Acknowledgments
 
Part III. About the Authors
 
Part IV. Introduction
 
1. The Test Scene
 
2. Testing: A Word From the Experts
 
3. The Test-Taking Cast
 
4. Memory in Action: Learning the Part
 
5. Preparing the Performer: Internal Readiness for Tests
 
6. Setting the Environment for Testing
 
7. Test-Taking Skills and Strategies
 
8. Attacking Passages and Solving Problems
 
9. Placing Change in the Spotlight
 
Part V. Appendix
 
Part VI. References
 
Part VII. Recommended Reading for Test Success
 
Part VIII. Index

"An excellent tool to help teachers address issues related to testing so that those factors do not hinder student success. With an easy format and clear, concise instructions, the book tells not only how but why."

Jolene Dockstader, Middle School English Teacher
Jerome School District #261, ID

"The authors present strategies that teachers should use throughout the school year, so that students are truly able to 'show what they know' on mandated state tests."

Tanya Marcinkewicz, Teacher
David W. Harlan Elementary School, Middletown, DE

"Connects research to practice and gives examples and strategies for integrating techniques into the general curriculum. The book in itself is a resource, not an additional curriculum."

Tamika Barrett, PhD Candidate in Education
University of Illinois at Chicago

"What makes this book stand out is the emphasis on a positive attitude toward test preparation and test taking. The strategies are easy to follow and very practical for educators. The authors are humorous and motivating, and as teachers read this book, they will have many 'me too' moments and will want to use the activities and suggestions presented."

Ganna Maymind, Teacher
Asher Holmes Elementary School, Morganville, NJ

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword by Robert Eaker

Introduction


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