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March 2018

Thank you for being a friend: Checking for Understanding in the Tiered Reading Classroom

By |2018-03-11T14:54:59+00:00March 11th, 2018|

Thank you for being a friend: Checking for Understanding in the Tiered Reading Classroom by Melody K. Gerard Let me tell you a story. Picture it. Sicily. 1922. Classes were 90 minutes long. Formative assessments were taken once every six weeks. Summative assessments were once a year. Test scores were always a surprise. If you [...]

Blooms Taxonomy Guide for Multiple-Choice Questions and Question Stems in Formative Assessment

By |2019-02-22T22:20:50+00:00March 1st, 2018|

How to use, measure, and track Bloom's Taxonomy in your Question Stems and Multiple Choice Questions According to Edglossary  "Blooms Taxonomy is a classification system used to define and distinguish different levels of human cognition—i.e., thinking, learning, and understanding." It's currently fashionable to bash multiple choice questions [...]

September 2017

Formative Assessment Tools and the Art of Teaching

By |2018-02-22T00:04:53+00:00September 4th, 2017|

Formative Assessment Tools and the Science of Teaching There are two critical keys to exceptional teaching. The first, effective transmission of content and skills as measured by formative assessment (short and medium cycle) and summative assessment. This scientific approach to student mastery relies on rigorous measurement. It is the key to identifying what doesn't work and improving on what does. [...]

August 2017

Back to School Advice for Parents and a Hilarious Back to School Rant from A Caring Mom

By |2017-08-29T02:25:45+00:00August 29th, 2017|

Back to School Advice for Establishing a Parent-Teacher Partnership Every school has a back to school night, and every parent can use some back to school advice from a teacher. Back to school night is the perfect occasion to lay the foundation for the strong parent-teacher partnership that will support the academic and social-emotional success of [...]

January 2017

Teacher Tip: 3 Tips For A Calm Classroom Environment

By |2017-01-16T13:50:20+00:00January 16th, 2017|

Image courtesy of amaZEN U 3 Easy Tips for A Calmer ClassroomAs the new year gets underway, it is a good time to reflect and make a few adjustments/improvements to your classroom layout. They do not have to be dramatic! In fact, you may find that the more subtle the changes the more effective they are.One [...]

Teacher Tip: 3 Tips To Avoid Teacher Burnout

By |2017-01-14T16:07:04+00:00January 14th, 2017|

"The truth is there is simply more work than there is time to do it, and some things are just beyond our control." -M. Connely 7th Grade Math, Atlanta GA In many instances, we as educators expect ourselves to be perfect because we understand the stakes for our students. Furthermore, we can lose sight of the [...]

October 2016

Top 3 Crowdfunding Tips for Your Google Classroom

By |2016-10-31T17:37:09+00:00October 31st, 2016|

“I’m going to do whatever it takes to be creative for our children, even if that means it comes out of my pocket.”  -DeAnn Moran, 2nd Grade Teacher, Moore Public Schools   Teachers spend a lot of their own money for their classroomsWith the popularity of Google Classroom and connected tools like Quick Key, teachers have more options for classroom [...]

Multiple Choice Item Bank and Quiz Builder Resource

By |2016-10-11T15:25:43+00:00October 11th, 2016|

Question Item Bank for Assessment for LearningIn part one of this series Multiple Choice Questions Based on Blooms Taxonomy. We examined concerns around the validity of multiple choice questions and recommended their use in low-stakes formative assessment. To help you save time, we are sharing this item bank and quiz builder provided by the U.S. Department of Education [...]

5 Resources for Building Healthier Classroom Relationships

By |2016-10-03T15:21:37+00:00October 3rd, 2016|

Healthy Classroom Relationships Contribute to Higher Academic Achievement"Building positive classroom relationships has a major impact on a student’s academic and behavioral success.  When students believe that their teacher values and respects them, they are more likely to value and respect the teacher."  -Courtney Dealy, Boys Town National TrainingResources for Building a Healthy Classroom Culture5 Strategies to [...]