For the last three years, I have been part of our coordination team for state assessments. Though it takes a lot of work, I am actually quite glad that I play the role that I do as it gives me an opportunity to support our school. I mean, after all, the school pretty much shuts down when we go into testing mode.
Either way, I have picked up the opportunity to create and run the assembly. We have done a challenge theme, a western cowboy theme, and this year we did....
At least, that's what we did for our 3rd through 5th graders. I will share the presentation I used for our Middle School. Our teachers requested something a little less cheese and little more inspirational.
Above, I have included the very simple order of events that we followed for the assembly. Basically, I recruited three teachers to become superheros, along with our ever present TCAP Man, who is our School Principal.
TCAP Man made sure to do some pre-interviews to see what kind of things our recuits had done to prepare themselves for the superhero obstacle course.
The obstacle course was pretty simple, and created to illiustrate just a few things we wanted our younger test takers to remember. Boris was our "delinquent" and did everything wrong.
The other fun element we did at then end was a "Spirit Stick". When I was in high school, we had such a stick that we would use at our pep rallies to see who had the most pep between all the grade levels. I thought it would be fun to introduce it to the kids. Plus, it's a reason to scream and get really loud!
You can make one however you want, but this is ours:
Okay, if you are a MIDDLE SCHOOL counselor, assemblies like this may or may not work for your population. This year, we wanted to be a little bit more genuine with our kids and talk about WHY they should try at the test. Not fluff it up with pomp and circumstance. The reality is that our middle school kids take A LOT of tests. How can we encourage them with just this one more?
I created a prezi for the MS teachers to use and launch a discussion off of to cover what is really important about state tests - or really life in general. Check it out!