Standardized testing can be scary for some of our students! They feel the weight of their scores and go into the test already afraid. We can help kids redirect their thoughts and feel more calm with affirmations and reminders that the test doesn’t measure all of their amazing qualities. Keep reading to find activities for affirmations for standardized testing time:
Affirmations for Standardized Testing
Test Day High 5
Have students trace their hand. In the palm, write “I am.” On the fingers, have students write 5 positive adjectives that describe them or positive qualities they have. Use these as affirmations on the day of the test!
Color by Self Talk
If students have trouble creating their own affirmations, try a color-by-affirmation! It’s a color-by-number, which is familiar to students, but for each number, they will have an affirmation to repeat. For example, as they color all of the 2s, they will say aloud or in their mind, “I am not defined by a test.” When they have completed the picture, they will have practiced several different affirmations they can choose from and take with them on test day!
Affirmation Egg (or Scavenger) Hunt
If your testing is in the spring time, try an affirmation egg hunt! Print affirmations and place them inside plastic eggs. Hide them in the classroom or around a small outdoor area and let each student find one egg. They can practice repeating the affirmation inside the egg! If you don’t want to use plastic eggs, just use colorful paper and hide the affirmations around the room.
No matter what activity you choose, affirmations for standardized testing are a great tool for students to keep their confidence high on test day!