by Julie Danneberg
We all know and love First Day Jitters. Julie Danneberg has written others that help students understand big, special things that happen during the school year: field trips, and the BIG test.
Read Field Trip Fiasco before heading out on a field trip to remind students of your rules and expectations while learning outside of the school building.
Read The Big Test before we start Smarter Balanced tests. The teacher always says how important it is to show what you know, and that it is important to know HOW to show what you know. One flaw in this book is that the Big Test refers to filling in bubbles. So that would be a good talking point on the difference between the Smarter Balanced and the test these students are practicing for.
Both books are also good reminders for teachers NOT to overdo both situations. Students want to have fun on field trips, while still learning. And, students get really, really nervous at the Big Test time and teachers need to be prepared for worries, frustrations, and most importantly need to make the rest of the day fun and engaging.