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FCAT is coming: Time to reduce the stress



hug.jpgDoes Florida's annual high-stakes FCAT testing create stress for students?

Just ask the Florida Department of Education. The department's Florida School Speak blog put up a post this week offering teachers one of what is expected to be several ideas to "help encourage your students and reduce their anxiety levels."

Here it is:


Test Taking Survival Kit:

Place these items in a bag and attach a note explaining each one…

1 Starburst… Shine like a STAR today   

1  Eraser… to get rid of those brain freezes!

2 Pencils… to record all the knowledge you have learned!

1 stick of gum… to remind you to stick with it!

1 highlighter… to highlight all you have learned!

1 Hershey’s Hug.. for all your hard work!

One commenter immediately attacked the list, noting that many schools ban gum and candy, and that highlighters aren't allowed in the FCAT testing. To which the bloggers responded that they didn't mean to hand out the kit on test day, but before as a fun "pick-me-up."



[Last modified: Thursday, March 15, 2012 8:25am]


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