For some time now, I've been trying to think of a valid analogy to use that expresses to my kids the importance of showing their work BEFORE choosing an answer and the ridiculousness of going back and circling words and showing work AFTER they've already filled in an answer bubble.
An AGE-APPROPRIATE analogy. While I love Tim Allen's stand-up line, "What, do you wipe your A-- THEN take a S---?" -- it's hardly safe for the classroom.
A couple of weeks, it finally came to me, right in the middle of a small speech reiterating the comments made in my first paragraph. I've shared it with both classes now, got laughs from both, and it's a keeper. So here it is...
You wouldn't spend all day playing or swimming out in the sun and THEN come home and put on sunscreen, would you? No, that's backwards!
Then of course I relate the sunscreen to work shown, playing or swimming to taking the test, and turning a lobsteriffic shade of crimson to getting the question wrong.