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FCAT Test Anxiety 2014 – The Sequel by The Broward Tutor

DATELINE/PEMBROKE PINES, FL
Third grader taken to emergency room for chest pains.
Thankfully, the cause only appeared to be FCAT test anxiety.

DATELINE/DAVIE, FL
4th grade gifted student breaks down in tears of frustration while trying to write his umpteenth expository of the year in preparation for the FCAT Writing exam.
DATELINE/COOPER CITY, FL
5th grader hysterical after a failing grade on an FCAT practice test – right after receiving an honor roll award.

These stories are absolutely true, and the sad thing is these are perfectly wonderful, bright, and motivated children. They are being crushed by FCAT stress!

It’s crunch time for Broward public schoolers – the dreaded FCAT test is looming!
FCAT test anxiety is a problem that’s running rampant in 3rd through 5th graders, where, for the first time, children are faced with the issue of being held back.

Reassure your child about this test. Kids only know the FCAT carries such weight because of the attitudes of parents and teachers. Tell them that if they pay attention in school, complete their homework, review their schoolwork, and use the strategies they have been taught, THEY WILL PASS THE FCAT! Tell them you just want them to do their personal best!

If you are truly worried . . .
1. Sign your child up for my FCAT Blast classes. I am offering a series of classes on the 4 Saturdays before the FCAT. The dates are March 29, and April 5, 12, and 19, so if you are interested, call me right away to make a reservation (954-850-0964). I will be happy to email you a schedule.

2. Schools are offering extra help IF YOUR CHILD FITS THE REQUIREMENTS. Call your school’s office to see what FREE after-school FCAT classes are being offered.

3. Go to Ace Educational http://www.aceeducational.com/on University Dr. between Griffin & Stirling. The staff there is outstanding, and they will steer you toward just the right materials.

4. Hire a tutor. Whether it is me, a family member, or an older child in the neighborhood, it will give your child an extra boost of confidence and self-esteem. He or she will feel more prepared to handle the exam.

Your child has made it through tough situations before with flying colors. Ask them what helped to alleviate their stress during those difficult times. Kids must find ways to cope with anxiety, just like adults do!

Best of Luck,
Randi Gelfond
a.k.a
TheBrowardTutor

FCAT Test Anxiety Causes Stress by The Broward Tutor

FCAT  2.0 testing begins in April, and already parents and teachers are getting the heebie jeebies! At a recent visit to my favorite educational store, parents were lined up with FCAT materials like a line in Toys R Us before Christmas! Unfortunately, though, they were not smiling with excitement.

FCAT Test anxiety causes stress – not only for elementary school students, but for teachers and parents as well. These days, a percentage of a teacher’s salary is directly related to their students FCAT scores. Parents are worried their children won’t pass, and will be held back and ostracized by their peers. For success on the FCAT, children need to know the curriculum, but utilizing test taking skills on standardized tests will put stress and test anxiety to rest.

With that in mind, I am writing to inform you of my 2nd annual FCAT Blast 2.0 for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students!
Seminars will be held between 9 and 12:30 on March 23 & 30, and April 6 & 13.
Topics for Math: Math Test Taking Strategies, Word Problems & Fractions, Geometry & Measurement, and Algebra & Data Analysis.
Topics for Reading: Reading Test Taking Strategies, Vocabulary & Comprehension, Literary Text (fiction), and Informative Text (nonfiction).

I will be happy to send you the schedule if you are interested. Just shoot me an email, or call me at 954-850-0964. Please call in the morning or evening, as I do not answer my phone when I am working with students.
I hope your child can participate!
Regards,
Randi Gelfond
a.k.a
TheBrowardTutor

 

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