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Testing Week in Elementary: How to Structure the Rest of Your Day after an Assessment

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Testing is stressful. For many of you, your test scores are going to be reviewed and decisions will be made that impact you. In some situations, your job security could even be tied to test scores. So, let me be the first to say thank you for all the hard work and preparation you have put into testing. ❀️

When you signed up for this job, you probably weren’t thinking about all the ridiculous assessments that too often control your time, stress levels, and joy. During the weeks of your testing, please be sure to give yourself time to unwind in the afternoons and evenings. This is not the time to be dragging work home (yes I’m talking to you!)

Speaking of what to do after testing, I want to answer a question that you may have - What do I do with my students for the rest of the day after taking a big test? That’s what I’m diving into in today’s episode, which marks part four in a four-part series about how to prepare your students for standardized testing. In case you missed the first three parts, here they are:

So what should you do after taking a test? Do you have recess for the rest of the day? Play a movie? Review for the next test? I would argue that it’s important to do a variety of things.

If you and your students are totally drained, you’ll want to choose things that aren’t going to require too much from either of you. At the same time, the afternoon is a critical time to be productive and prepare for what’s to come.

You don’t want to miss out on opportunities to review essential content and continue to prepare your students as best as you can. Throughout this episode, I’m sharing five ideas on how to structure the rest of your day after testing.

Inside this week's show, you'll learn:

  • How to provide a space for kids to share how they’re feeling about the test after taking it.
  • Why you should give students time and a safe space to ask questions about the upcoming test.
  • Ideas for review games to play that will set your students up for success the next day and allow them to decompress.
  • How to offer test preparation reminders and stress-reducing tips to your students by using a practical checklist.
  • The importance of practicing mindfulness activities during the week of testing, especially in the mornings (and specific affirmation examples that you can use!).

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I hope this information is helpful as you prepare for your first, second, or third year of teaching. Until next time, remember, just because you're a beginning elementary teacher, there's no need for you to struggle like one.

πŸ’› Lori

Dr. Lori Friesen | Beginning Teacher Mentor

Creator of the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy, Dr. Lori Friesen has mentored thousands of beginning teachers across the country through her workshops and courses. Host of the popular podcast, Beginning Teacher Talk, and creator of the innovative literacy program for 1st and 2nd grade, Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed, Dr. Lori is dedicated to serving educators and inspiring learners. Learn more at and at

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