Testing Anxiety

March 7 2019

With testing time fast approaching, this week’s tip focuses on testing anxiety. According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), the typical symptoms of anxiety include the following: feelings of apprehension, feeling jumpy or tense, irritability, anticipating the worst, a pounding or racing heart, sweating, headaches, nausea and/or diarrhea, insomnia, and fatigue. Testing anxiety looks very similar to “regular” anxiety but focuses on the environment and thoughts surrounding an important test. Imagine feeling all of those things listed above while also trying to focus on the math test laying on the desk in front of you. The same math test which you have been told will determine whether or not you will receive a huge promotion next year. This is what a large amount of students go through multiple times each year during testing time. We know teachers can’t take the test away, but there are plenty of things you can do in the classroom to help your students cope with testing anxiety. Check out this article as we gear up for STAAR testing next month. Also, if you need more Teacher Choice Hours, join Ms. Bolton and myself on Monday, 3/25/19, from 4:45-5:45pm in the MPR for a presentation on: “How Teachers Can Help Students Cope with Test Anxiety.” We look forward to seeing you there! (This presentation hasn’t been added to Eduphoria just yet, I will send out a separate email once it is.)

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