|A recent infrastructure test & training session in the library|
1. Remember you are important to the function of the school even when testing. There is a reason you have been selected to help administer exams. It's because you make a difference! It's also due to the fact that school leadership knows you do a good job.
2. If you have a long stretch of testing, try not to look at the full testing window. Instead, take it day by day. I get overwhelmed if I think about 6-7 weeks of testing in addition to my regular responsibilities. I like to think minute by minute and day by day.
3. Give yourself short term rewards. This advice comes from one of my co-workers! Look forward to a special lunch or taking your spouse out to eat on a certain evening during a busy test week.
4. Remember that students need your help. Even though administering a test might not be what you "signed up for", this is still a great opportunity to help students. I enjoy helping them with procedures and tech issues during testing. If you stay positive, it will be contagious.
5. Get rest. A rested body can deal with the requirements of testing better than one that fights fatigue.
6. People may look to you to see how to respond. You are probably a natural leader in your building, especially if you are a teacher librarian or technology specialist. If you have a bad attitude, it will catch on. Great attitudes catch on too. Read motivational quotes during these stressful periods. It will make a difference!
This is a quote I found on brainyquote.com:
"It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome."- William James
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