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Testing Miss Malarkey by Judy Finchler
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Testing Miss Malarkey

by Judy Finchler, Kevin O'Malley (Illustrator)

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I really liked this book because it reminded me of my experience with standardized testing as a student. It will be interesting to read this again after I've gone through a couple of gut wrenching testing cycles as a teacher. The illustrations are great in this book and they really make the layout of the book interesting. I think that this book would be entertaining for students, teachers, and parents alike because all three groups are affected by standardized testing. ( )
  CaputoJohn | Nov 18, 2018 |
Testing Miss Malarkey is the story revolving around the happenings in a school when "THE TEST" is announced. The teacher, Miss Malarkey, says that there is nothing to worry about, but all the adults get very stressed. After the test is over, things go back to normal.

This book is a good example of contemporary realistic fiction because it contains content that students can relate to such as school and interactions with peers and teachers. At the same time, it also introduces material that young students may not be as aware of such as standardized testing. It portrays events from a child's perspective which is easier to comprehend.

GENRE: Contemporary Realistic Fiction

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- read during standardize testing times to bring humor to a stressful situation
- use to teach cause and effect
  sso14 | Feb 26, 2016 |
I would use this book to teach literary devices. In the book, there are several examples of alliteration and musical language. I would have the students predict what the teachers and students are feeling based on their descriptions. This book could also be an example of a personal narrative. after reading it, students could write their own personal narrative about a time that they were really nervous, or when their parents or teachers were. Around the time of standardized testing, this book could be used to help explain to students what the test is for, and to help calm nerves.
  TaylorWebb | Feb 2, 2016 |
This is a children's picture book that is about standardized testing in the classroom. This is a story about Miss Malarkey and her class a few weeks before THE TEST. The student's think she is acting strange because of it. The teacher is trying to prepare them by playing learning games and giving them reassurance that it wasn't going to affect their grade. The other staff in the school and parents were acting weird as well. They all thought THE TEST was very important, but it turned out to not be as scary or as big of a deal as they all thought. This book's main purpose is to take a lighthearted look at the event of standardized testing in elementary classrooms. The author highlights all the crazy things that could happen and probably have happened to many students. It tries to prepare students for what may happen during their own testing experience and make is not so scary and intimidating. A teacher could read this book to her class once they enter the testing season in their class to help inform students and to help alleviate some fears. They could have their students write down what they think testing is like or things they think could happen before they read the book and then talk about them after reading. ( )
  cpaavola | Sep 11, 2015 |
I thought this was a really good book. The main idea of the story is to express the feelings and stress that is placed on the schools and communities during annual testing. However, I really like this book due to the point of view that the story is told through. Rather than the teacher, Miss Malarkey, expressing the stress placed on her, it is told through first person of a student in Miss Malarkey’s classroom. For instance, the student tells the reader that Miss Malarkey says the test isn’t that important, yet he notices Miss Malarkey biting her nails, Principle Wiggins yelling over the phone about the test, and even his own mother prepping him for the test. I like this, because student’s can relate to the story since it is in the point of view they witness during the annual testing. Second, I like this book due to the dialogue. Rather than just telling the story, the reader can engage in the story and the feelings of the characters by reading the dialogue speech bubbles that are added to the illustrations. For example, during the story when the student attends the PTA meeting with his mom, the reader can read the speech bubbles of the parents who are freaking out about the test. By including these, it makes the reader feel as if they are there at the PTA meeting with the student and the stressed out parents. ( )
  KendraEscalona | Sep 14, 2014 |
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The new school year brings standardized testing to every school and Miss Malarkey's is no exception. Teachers, students, and even parents are preparing for THE TEST-The Instructional Performance Through Understanding (IPTU) test-and the school is in an uproar. Even though the grown-ups tell the children not to worry, they're acting kind of strange. The gym teacher is teaching stress-reducing yoga instead of sports in gym class. Parents are giving pop quizzes on bedtime stories at night. The cafeteria is serving "brain food" for lunch. The kids are beginning to think that maybe the test is more important than they're being led to believe. Kids and adults alike will laugh aloud as Finchler and O'Malley poke fun at the commotion surrounding standardized testing, a staple of every school's year.

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Although the teachers, the principal, and parents say The Test is not important, their actions tell another story.

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