Thursday, April 7, 2011

Interactive Test-Taking Strategies

A few weeks ago, I purchased Lakeshore's Language and Math Test-Taking Strategies Interactive Software. With all the craziness that test prep causes, I forgot that I had purchased this software until about a week ago. I decided to use the software as a whole group lesson on the SMARTBoard (I have students use their dry erase boards to respond). I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised at how responsive the kids were to the software. If you are interested in purchasing something similar, I suggest you check into Lakeshore's software for four reasons:

1) The kids are begging to use the software every morning. The fun colors and kooky noises help excite the kids about testing!
2) I've noticed that after just a short use, the kids are remembering not only the names of the strategies, but also how to use the strategies.
3) It's a really easy way to demonstrate how students can use multiple strategies while testing.
4) It's reasonably priced and you can instantly download the software to your computer. There are multiple grade levels - so even if you don't teach a tested grade level, you can still teach your kids how to take a test.

If you are having trouble motivating your students to get pumped about test prep, give Lakeshore's software a try. I promise you it will help motivate your kiddos! :)

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Looks like fun!
    I recently got the Plinko interactive game from Lakeshore though a Donor's Choose project - they LOVE it and beg to play it all the time!

  2. I'll have to try Plinko - I assume it is like the game on The Price is Right? LOL!

  3. hey lady! what an awesome site! wish i would have found it BEFORE map testing!!

  4. At a very young age, children have several interests aside from studying and going to school. Yes, they are easily distracted. Making them want to study and go to school requires a great effort from both parents and teachers. Interactive learning is one of the best solutions in giving children a lot of interest to learn and study. In fact, the results are clear with your students. ;)