The Math Test

The Math Test

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Previewing the test

Storyboard Text

  • Oh no! I was absent yesterday!
  • The Scene
  • Ok everybody, it's time for our math test!
  • I'm nervous that I forgot everything!
  • Ah, I see some of us making unhappy faces. Are you anxious?
  • The Prevention
  • YES YES YES "What's "anxious?" YES we are ANXIOUS
  • Anxious means you're worried and nervous and afraid. Do you feel that way?
  • It's ok to feel that way. I feel that way too before a test sometimes! Here, let's go over the test together and see what's inside. That way, you can ask questions and see that you actually know this stuff really well!
  • The Intervention
  • Mrs. Pollock terrifies the First Grade by announcing a math test. Fear strikes into the hearts of the students and they anxiously plot their imminent failure.
  • Personal Intervention
  • Harry, how are you doing?
  • I can't tell the time. I can't do anything in math.
  • Mrs. Pollock acknowledges the students' fears and teaches them affective language.
  • De-Escalating Step by Step
  • Well, secretly Harry, you did this last week and were really good at it. Look at it again. Can you use any of our strategies to think about the problem? Can you draw a picture?
  • Looks like we all finished with time to spare. Great job everybody! Ready to line up for PE? Let's go!
  • Mrs. Pollock relieves the students' cognitive tension by previewing the test with them. She also reframes the situation by telling them that they know the information and she has confidence in them.
  • A Happy Ending
  • After the students set up their desks, Mrs. Pollock sees a student who seems not to be writing quickly. She goes to his desk to work with him directly.
  • Um, I can't do this one, Mrs. Pollock.
  • Mrs. Pollock affirms the struggling student and offers some strategies to solve the problems step by step.
  • Now you're thinking! Remember to draw a picture if you need to.
  • Oh, is it backwards?
  • The students continue working and finish on their own, in time to read a book before PE.
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