For many teachers, the month of April means two things – we know exactly how many days until summer vacation begins and our state standardized testing will soon begin. Aside from doing my best to ensure that my students are ready to take the test, I also make sure my Testing Kit is ready for another round of testing.
Organized for the Test
A few years ago, I assembled a Testing Kit for use on any standardized test. It doesn’t take much time or money to put together, and it really saves me a lot of hassle in gathering up my supplies. Some items can easily be made with typical office equipment such as a computer, printer and copy paper. For other items, I was able to get them through parent donations or requesting them on my back-to-school supply list.
Testing Kit Supplies
Here’s what goes into my Testing Kit:
- lots of sharpened #2 pencils (Have at least 2 per student plus a few extra for broken lead.)
- erasers (Magic Rub is my preferred brand as they don’t leave any streaks when you use them.)
- do not disturb sign (I created mine in Publisher and laminated it for durability.)
- clean scratch paper (just good ol’ white copy paper)
- privacy folders (I made my own by taking two file folders and stapling them together.)
- lemon drops
- rubber bands to hold the pencils together
- gallon-size plastic resealable bag to hold the erasers
- business-size white envelopes to hold the math manipulatives
- fun activity pages for when students are finished
Find a clear plastic storage tub with a lid large enough to hold all of your supplies and label it “Testing Kit.”
Save It for the Test
While it may be tempting to scavenge through your kit during the year if you desperately need pencils or erasers, try to avoid doing that as much as possible. Spring and the approaching end of the school year is a very hectic time. You’ll be glad your testing kit is well-stocked and ready to go during such a time.
Power Snack Recipe
Speaking of being busy, here is a quick and easy recipe for a tasty and delicious snack. I call it my Power Snack Recipe and it’s what keeps me fueled and ready for a busy day of teaching…especially around 9 o’clock when my breakfast (eaten at 5 a.m.) has just about worn off and my stomach starts grumbling! I don’t know about you, but I find it really hard to teach when I get hungry.
- 1 2-lb. bag of Blue Diamond Whole Natural Almonds
- 1 11.5-oz. bag of Nestle Toll House Milk Chocolate Morsels
- 1 5-oz. bag of Ocean Spray Reduced Sugar Craisins (dried cranberries)
In a large bowl, empty all three bags and stir together until well mixed. Using a 1-cup scoop, pour the snack mix back into the almond and dried cranberries bags for storage. (Teachers never waste anything!) The snack stores well for several weeks and doesn’t need to be refrigerated or heated in a microwave. Easy!