Practice an ASSET tool before a test

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This week’s bite-sized PD is simple yet effective. The “no duh” statement of the day is that tests are stressful. And students experiencing stress are less able to access previously-learned material, which then can create a downward spiral.

To prevent this downward spiral, lead your class in an ASSET tool before all assessments. This gives students the opportunity to find their place of calm and ground themselves in the present moment. This moment of pause will set them up for better success on their test.

Pro Tip: Do what Beth Lakin does when she sees a student with that “deer in the headlights” during a test. Quietly approach the student and suggest the student practices Finger Breathing to reset.



About the Author

Brent Modak followed the example set by his grandfather and entered the classroom first as a middle school teacher before moving up to teach high school history. As a member of the ASSET team, Brent helped develop the curriculum and led in the implementation of the program across all of ASSET’s partner schools. When not teaching Brent enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and newborn baby, Lewis.

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