This year I have created a bunch of review materials for our state standardized tests and put them in the form of "Quizizz" a Google-friendly app that allows students to compete against each other in a game-like environment. The teacher gets data as well, both at the question and the student level. Besides being high-interest, another benefit is that kids can access it independently, and so it fits in with a workshop approach where everyone is working at individual speeds and levels.
As a result, reviewing for the test is integrated into our class, but it is not the focus, and we can move on with other projects. Which we have. But when I told students today that they would be conducting the first interviews for their personal profile pieces on Tuesday, a very conscientious student raised her hand. "But wait! Isn't the SOL on Wednesday?"
And when I nodded, she continued, "Shouldn't we be reviewing?!?"
I get what she's saying, but I shook my head and laughed. "If you don't know it by then," I told her, "one more class period of review won't help."
"I better do those Quizizz!" she said.
That's what they're there for!
Life Lesson: “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today." ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.