How would it impact your class if every day, students had the opportunity to destress and converse about crucial topics? Many different situations can arise during testing and these preventative conversations work towards resolving an existing problem which can help alleviate some testing anxiety. Talking it out, using pictures, and watching videos can help guide everyone to a more successful testing experience. The guided conversation topics for trust circles below can help students get in a mindset of success when these conversations are held in a calming and purposeful manner.
Before a Lengthy Assessment
- Reflect on everything we have done to prepare for today.
- What strategies can you use to feel more energized?
- What helps you stay focused?
- Why is grit so important?
- How will you make sure you are most successful?
- What does effort look like?
Before a Challenging Task
- What does “rise above” mean to you?
- How does it feel when we put our best effort into our work?
- How do you work through challenging tasks?
- What helps when you are struggling?
After a Difficult Assessment
- Tell about a time you tackled a difficult task. What did you do?
- What is something you felt successful with today?
- How did you handle the challenges you faced today?
- What is your takeaway from this video: Pass it On – Finish Line
When Focus is Lost
- How do you continue believing in yourself even when you are struggling?
- What do you do to help you stay focused?
- What strategies do you use to keep on track with your goals?
When Frustrations Run High
- What character strengths make you great? Pass it On – Strength
- How do you find the positives in a difficult situation?
- What does optimism look like to you: Pass it On – Optimism
- Tapping method for stress relief – more info on this
When Defeat Seems Imminent
- How does believing in someone help: Pass it On – Track Coach
- Describe a moment when you felt proud.
- Describe a moment when you were proud of someone else.
- What does persevering look like?
Orchestrating these trust circles, especially during testing can help students be reminded of a time when they were successful. The idea is to get optimistic thoughts flowing and to make sure that everyone feels like they are part of a supportive classroom community.
For more videos and inspiration, check out the website, Pass It On
For more resources on Trust Circles, see our school Trust Circle Google Doc.