- Woman's post about 'Back the Blue' sign in Jackson coffee shop prompts firing from nearby bar (8/15/17)11
- How to save a life: Lifeguards resuscitated young girl at Cape Splash (8/17/17)2
- Stoogefest headliner cancels, cites NAACP travel advisory in Missouri (8/15/17)2
- Councilman: Scott City mayor, city administrator resigned (8/15/17)4
- Chaffee man charged with attempting to have ex-wife killed (8/20/17)3
- Woman dies in house fire in Cape Girardeau County (8/16/17)
- Scott City school chief gets raise, while some teachers don't (8/17/17)6
- Scott City man dies in motorcycle crash near Millersville (8/13/17)
- Former Chaffee officer faces DWI charge (8/20/17)2
- 'Love, not hate': Area residents gather to sing, talk about racial issues after violence in Charlottesville (8/14/17)89
Have you ever had test anxiety -- a feeling of fear before taking a major test? We have probably all had this experience. Yet through strategies being employed by Southeast Missouri schools, it's a feeling that can be diminished.
Missouri students are gearing up for the latest round of MAP testing, a series of examinations for third- to eighth-grade students. And while these important tests -- Missouri's way of complying with the No Child Left Behind Act -- could pose a chance for nervousness, educators are finding ways to ease their students' anxiety.
At Alma Schrader Elementary School, third- and fourth-grade students have the opportunity to run down the hallways and tear down banners before taking the MAP tests. Other tension-releasing strategies for the younger children include rewards, celebrations and affirmations of success.
While activities to relieve stress are important, a key aspect in the students' preparation and confidence entering their MAP tests is the academic reinforcement teachers provide throughout the school year. Cramming for a test provides little long-term value, but having a curriculum that reinforces major concepts throughout the school year -- like many Southeast Missouri schools have -- does make an impact.
While the MAP exams are critical for schools and their funding, it's good to see that educators are finding ways to ease student anxiety -- a tool that is sure to benefit student performance.