1. My students will do anything I ask them to if it is on the whiteboard. They love to write on it. I often use the dry erase boards when we play review games. The group comes up with an answer together and when I say that time is up, they hold their boards up. You could use the white boards in groups or individually.
2. I was at the HASTI (Hoosier Assoc. of Science Teachers, Inc.) conference last month and went to a workshop by representatives of Dinah Zike. It was about using foldables for assessment. We made the foldable that is below. You fold over about 1/2 in. to glue to notebook. With the rest, you cut into fourths and label A, B, C, D. When you ask the students to show their answer, they hold all but their answer choice down.
3. My students LOVE using the clickers. There is just something about using technology that gets the students fired up. We use clickers from Turning Technologies. The only bad thing is trying to get the "recorder" to capture their answer. The kids sometimes have to push their buttons many times to get their answer recorded.
4. Last year our district had principals visit other buildings and do evaluations. Of course, mine would come the week we were doing test prep. I hunted for something that would be engaging for the students and look good for the evaluation. I found Laura Candler's Buddy Test Prep.
The students work through a set of problems on their own. When they are done they mark their answers in blue. They then partner up with a buddy to discuss the problems. If the student changes an answer after working with the buddy, they cross out their original answer with purple and circle their new answer. The class then discusses each of the problems marking them with a green check mark or red X.
When I did this for the observation, I also added in the clickers...lots going on that day!!
5. This last idea is what I call the cheap interactive smartboard. I have a Mimio Pad. I can pull anything up on my computer, project it with the Dukane and use the Mimio Pad to do everything I would do with the mouse or keyboard plus I can use the drawing tool. You could use this to have a student work through a math problem, showing their classmates how they solved it. I've used this when practicing for the constructed response portion of our state test.
I hope this gives you some ideas that you can use to get your students ready for your state testing. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and visit!