Interactive Modeling: Putting away test materials

A step-by-step example of how it might look and sound for a teacher to use interactive modeling.

1. Name the goal. State it as a positive behavior.

“At the end of a testing session, you need to put your answer sheet inside the booklet and set it aside on your desk.”

2. Collect ideas from students.

“What are your ideas about how to do this quickly and efficiently?” Students might suggest putting pencils down first, opening a test booklet carefully, placing the answer sheet so it’s completely covered, etc.

3. Model the appropriate behavior.

“Watch while I try out some of your ideas.”

4. Ask students what they noticed.

“What did you see me do as I put my materials together?” Students might comment: “You put the answer sheet inside the front cover,” “You kept the booklet flat on your desk,” “You stayed calm. You didn’t rush.”

5. Ask for a volunteer to model the behavior appropriately.

“Who would like to try demonstrating this same thing?”

6. Ask students what they noticed.

“What did you see Gina do when she closed her booklet?” Students may notice many of the same things as in Step 4, and other details.

7. Have the class practice.

“Now we’ll all try putting our booklets and answer sheets together.”

8. Provide feedback.

“You’ve got it!”

Tags: Testing, Transitions

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