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Standardized Testing: These 4 Slight Adjustments Could Actually Make a Big Difference: by Serena Pariser

Standardized Testing: These 4 Slight Adjustments Could Actually Make a Big Difference: by Serena Pariser

In most schools, the students take at least one standardized test teach year, if not more. One of the most frustrating aspects about standardized tests is that often students have a difficult time putting all of their brainpower into a test made by strangers a.k.a. Common Core gods or the state, however many times the scores are a measure of your performance as a teacher. How many times have you heard the question, “Does this count for our grade?” If you reply no, forget about any motivation. If you answer yes, you are flat out lying.

3 Teaching Productivity Maximizing and Stress Minimizing Habits to Start Now: Make 2015 Your Best Teaching Year Ever

3 Teaching Productivity Maximizing and Stress Minimizing Habits to Start Now: Make 2015 Your Best Teaching Year Ever

Last year, I started developing some beneficial habits at school and I noticed my to-do list was actually getting done during my classroom prep time. The difference in my productivity was astonishing. I was less stressed and more energized. In turn, I found realized I’d achieved a significantly higher degree of engagement during instructional time with my students, creating a true win-win-win solution.

Start 2015 Off Right: Student Goal Setting Using Social Systems for Support

Start 2015 Off Right: Student Goal Setting Using Social Systems for Support

It’s a good idea to do a goal setting lesson or activity every year. Among the most favorable and effective methods for students usually consist of a graphic organizer. The students write out their immediate and long-term goals, including perceived barriers, and how they plan to overcome these challenges. Students especially enjoy writing in these graphic organizers because of the visual element.

Prevent This From Ever Happening in Your Classroom: A 6-minute read

Prevent This From Ever Happening in Your Classroom: A 6-minute read

The students in our classrooms are together 187 days a year for multiples hours each day. There will be disagreements, minor conflicts and passive aggression. Unfortunately, sometimes a particular class falls off the deep end and the hostility and negativity starts to overtake the content.

Serena’s Blog: 3 No-fail Debate Questions — Even the most Reluctant Students will be Deliberating: a 4 minute read

Serena’s Blog: 3 No-fail Debate Questions — Even the most Reluctant Students will be Deliberating: a 4 minute read

When I ask my students what project or activity they enjoy most about class, the most common answer is debate. We don’t debate that often, but when we do, the students always love it. Not only that, but they also readily remember the topics of debate, implying solid connections were made.