None of us want to admit it, but test prep is a crucial part of many of our jobs. We have to introduce kids to the format of the test before they get to the test. We have to teach them how to respond to the sort of questions the test will ask them. And we have to teach them to read and answer thoroughly and completely. I don’t know about you, but most of my kids try and take the easy way out.
Every district I’ve worked in uses that acronym but I know many others do not and have something else they use. We begin really introducing it in 2nd grade and ask the students to do it in all responses beginning in 3rd grade. You might be shocked, but I still have to remind our 7th graders that they need to do it when they respond to a question. Yeah, you’re a teacher, you probably aren’t shocked.
Because not every student is ready for these, and because this skill should be introduced in younger grades, I also made a set for younger students.