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The 25 Stages of Surviving Standardized Testing Season

Let’s face it, testing season is stressful! Whether you’ve been diligently preparing your students since August or you’re trying to cram seven months of test prep into a week’s worth of lessons—you undoubtedly feel a little frantic around this time of year. And while we may not be able to alleviate the pressure put on teachers from seemingly every angle during testing season, the least we can do is offer a little pick-me-up. Check out our 25 Stages of Surviving Standardized Testing Season—because no matter where you find yourself in the testing cycle, we think there’s something here for everyone.

Happy testing!!

1. You overhear your colleagues casually discussing testing week in the teacher’s lounge. It hits you that testing is only two weeks away.

zoom in on staring woman

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2. You wonder if you’ve done enough to prepare your kids. You start frantically planning final test prep lessons.

Jimmy Fallon with letter cards

Via Giphy 

3. You dress for Success.

Everything I Say Will Be On The Exam Tshirt

via Chummy Tees


4. You channel all your worry into something fun and plan The First Annual Test Prep Olympics.

test prep olympics certificate

via Friendly Teachers

5. You spend a fortune at Target buying materials for things like “Test Prep Jenga” and other test prep games.

Jenga game with instructions

via Teaching to Inspire

6. You realize you could have had all of these materials months ago if you had just created a wish list using TeacherLists. (Note to self: Create a wish list now, it’s free).

police officer in car saying instant regret

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7. You’re down to the wire now with only three days until testing week. Your sleep schedule starts to suffer.

animated spongebob gif

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8. You start living on coffee…

Daisy Duck drinking coffee cartoon

Via Giphy

9. …and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

I Love Lucy eating candy

Via Giphy

10. You start to display erratic behaviors.

Amy Pollar animation

Via Giphy

11. And your students start to wonder where their old teacher went.

South Park cartoon

Via Giphy

11. You share your woes with all your non-teacher friends. They just don’t understand.

animation of woman talking to a man

Via Giphy

13. Just when you start contemplating a new career path, you get a final burst of energy. Your students have worked hard and you WILL make sure they cross the finish line prepared.

man running down street

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14. You cover all the bulletin boards with motivational quotes. (See how awesome you are?!)

motivational quotes written on newspapaer

Via Pinterest

15. You play one last game of “Trashketball” to make sure your kids have really got this. (There you go again, being all awesome.)

waste basket with paper balls inside

Via Mrs. E Teaches Math

16. You stay up late making testing treats for your students. (You knew there was a reason you stocked up on all that candy at Target!)

packages of smarties candy

Via Calico and Cupcakes

17. The morning of the test, you decide sleep is overrated and swing by the school before dawn to draw some welcome doodles on the sidewalk…

motivational sayings written in chalk on sidewalk

Via Teaching with a Mountain View

18. …and their desks, too. Good thing you stocked up on those Expo dry erase markers!

motivational sayings written on student desks

Via Pinterest

19. But first, coffee. LOTS of coffee.

Bill Murray drinking coffee from a pot

Via Giphy

20. You make a quick pit stop at the office printer to print out the note from the Test Fairy.

motivational notes written on a flip notebook cartoon

Via The Polka Dotted Teacher

21. Testing officially begins. You pass the time by staring at things in the classroom thinking about how you could use them to survive in the case of a zombie apocalypse.

cartoon girl bored

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22. The kids are so…quiet. You begin to wonder whether anyone would even notice if you did yoga under your desk.

female yoga instructor bowing to students

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23. After your students have completed their tests, you let them all pop balloons with their names on them. (They find this insanely entertaining and you need the release as much as they do.)

classroom with balloons to pop after finishing a test

Via Mandy Neal Teaching With Simplicity

24. Testing week is over! You take a minute to rejoice with your colleagues.

colleagues having fun on bouncy balls

Via Giphy

25. Remember that thoughtful gift you got from a parent over the holidays? Crack that open. It’s time to celebrate!

bottle of wine with a funny label

Via Ebay



Originally posted 2023

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Dhaval Patel

I am read all the blogs also I create an account. I learn lot of from this blog, hope you will share more valuable articles in future. Thank you very much once again.