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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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    • I really appreciate your comments. Florida is now instituting Common Core Standards, so teachers will have more clarity about what kids learn when, and be able to collaborate with others in different states. We can only hope that schools don’t get too carried away with giving practice tests. Teachers need the time to actually TEACH the standards. If they are given the time necessary to teach, students will perform better when tests are given.

    • How kind of you. Here in Florida, our assessments for next year are still being developed/written. The amount of testing AND STRESSED OUT CHILDREN is due to increase even further. If fewer tests were given, it would give educators the time to teach the content to mastery. The standards could be maintained by giving students multiple opportunities for learning, and facilitating strategic thinking. That is how students will succeed, if you ask me!

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