Tackling Test Stress Tip 16: Watch Something Engaging

Sometimes teachers plan to share movies with their students after some sort of summative evaluation. I remember being able to watch a movie based on a book as a reward for completing a unit on it, how about you? I loved that, even though now it seems a little odd to me that it was used as a culminating reward instead of an integral part of the unit of study. Anyway, students LOVE watching videos in class. Did you know that there are over 1 million fans of the facebook page “we’re watching a video today” “YESS!” “Here’s your question sheet” “UGH!”? How’s that for kids telling us what they find engaging???

This is a perfect time to share LIFE with your students if you have DEstreaming plus. Even if you don’t, there’s no time like the present to share Planet Earth with your students. It’s available in DEstreaming.


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  1. Betsy Ruffin said:

    Not to mention that there could be copyright problems with simply sticking in any old video for a reward (see Fair Use Guidelines). Thanks for giving them an engaging alternative.

  2. Erin Wolfley said:

    My 7th grade science students watched Life today after their practice state test. They cheered! Some of them have even planned viewing parties on Sunday evenings. Thanks for providing an educational progam my kids (and their parents) are excited about! It was a great stress reliever for them. We are watching Planet Earth tomorrow!

  3. Laurie Howarth said:

    I think watching the movie after reading the novel is a great idea. I do agree that is should be used within the content. I did a unit on Tuck Everlasting last year. When we were finished with the novel, we watched the movie. Students were given a lined sheet of paper like a square Venn Diagram. They had to jot down things that were similar, different and then pull it together in a compare and contrast writing afterwards. They would then have to give their opinion of which one they liked better and why.

  4. Tracy said:

    My students love to watch videos that I find and they are amazed at the ones I am able to find that deal with topics in Family and Consumer Science! I have heard students comment that they did not know they made videos on certain topics. One thing is for sure, they are quiet no matter how short or long the video is!

  5. Janet Hallstrom said:

    Not just for post-testing, but when you have a video you want to be sure students are watching, try using a Bingo game. http://print-bingo.com is a site that allows you to create bingo cards free by just putting in a list of terms. Pull these terms from the video as they are discussed. (Keep this as your check sheet.) Put them in the generator. Let students cover the terms as they are brought into the video, giving small prizes for Bingo.

  6. Robyn Wolfe said:

    To de-stress after midterm exams this year, I created my own video using photos and video clips I had taken of my students doing different projects during the first semester. I used Windows MovieMaker to combine the images and clips, add titles, effects, transitions, and sound effects that I downloaded from DE-Streaming. The kids just loved watching themselves and their friends on video. It gave the students time to relax, reflect on the semester, and recall some of the highlights of the units we studied together.

  7. Amy Stever said:

    DE Streaming has some great videos and I love the fact that they are accessible by segment. I use these segments within my lessons as well as in culminating activities. My kids seem to especially like the real world application clips! It helps make some of our algebra content much more accessible.

  8. Veola said:

    I think that watching a movie after completing a test is great idea to culminate the unit. I believe that the movie should be connected to the previous or the new topic. It can be used to bridge one topic to another.

  9. Steve K said:

    Most of our students are reading at least 3 years below grade level. Many are English Language Learners. One strategy we used with students this year was to give them access to the movie version of the novel we were reading, both before and during the unit. We found that students’ overall reading comprehension went up because of their ability to picture what was happening as they read.

  10. Brian Woodruff said:

    Students do love to watch videos in class. My favorite ways to use them are to watch the film of a book that we have read in class and like Amy Stever said in post 7, I, too, love using DE streaming to watch segments that go along with a topic we’re studying. Attention spans can waver when watching a long informational video and that is why DE streaming is so great.

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