For the month of March, my goal is to help the students prepare for the PSSAs. The focus of character education for this month will be to teach them skills to calm their test anxiety. Also, the lessons will be guided towards teaching them tricks to be successful when taking the standardized tests.
A lot of students experience anxiety and distress because of the high pressures associated with these tests. However, I want to emphasize to the students that it is "just a test" and will not affect their performance as a student. I hope to get them to become more comfortable and confident when taking these tests, so that they can do their best without stressing out over it.
Parents can do a lot at home to help their student be in the best mindset to take a standardized test. For example, parents can make sure that the students are getting a good night's sleep, eating a healthy breakfast, and wearing comfortable clothing, to name a few. If you would like more advice on how to help your student feel relaxed during the test and help them do their best, visit this website http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/study-skills-test-taking/standardized-tests-prepare-and-interpret-results or this website https://www.schoolcounselor.org/magazine/blogs/january-february-2004/helping-children-overcome-test-anxiety.
Good luck to all of my students on the PSSAs this year! I know you can do it and remember, "it's just a test.!"