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8 Mar 2017

How to Write Good Test Questions

By | March 8th, 2017|K12, Teacher Tips|0 Comments

Evaluating student performance through tests and assessments plays a large role in measuring student success. The information that educators gain from these help format methods of instruction and advance student learning. Tests and assessments typically fall into three categories: summative, benchmark, and formative. Once you identify and understand the testing category, you can then begin to write your [...]

8 Feb 2017

4 Time-Saving Grading Strategies

By | February 8th, 2017|K12, Teacher Tips|0 Comments

It’s Sunday night and you can’t put off the looming pile of assignments you’ve got to grade before morning any longer. We’ve all been there. Grading papers and scoring tests isn’t the most exciting part of teaching, but the data and insight it provides is critical to the learning process. Here are four tips that [...]

1 Feb 2017

Finding a Balance with Work and Life

By | February 1st, 2017|K12, Teach Talk, Teacher Tips|0 Comments

Teaching is a very demanding profession, requiring long hours spent reviewing coursework. Between creating lesson plans, grading tests, and reviewing papers, it seems that teachers never get a break. Not to mention the “normal” 40 hours a week they spend teaching in a classroom. It’s no secret that teachers are overworked and underappreciated. But do [...]

31 Aug 2016

14 Uplifting Read-Alouds for Tough Testing Days

By | August 31st, 2016|Teacher Tips|0 Comments

Testing season can be stressful for students and their teachers! We asked teachers for their favorite positive, motivational, stress-reducing, hard-work-encouraging and just plain fun read-alouds for those bubble-test kinds of days. Here are 14 favorites. 1. An Awesome Book! by Dallas Clayton “This is just a really fun and colorful book about dreaming big for [...]

31 Aug 2016

Why Formative Assessments are Critical for Student Learning

By | August 31st, 2016|Classroom Management, Teacher Tips|0 Comments

It seems we spend a big chunk of the school year focused on summative assessments. From the big end-of-unit and end-of-semester tests to state standardized testing, this drive toward the final test can leave many educators feeling pressured to hurry through the curriculum to make sure they cover all of the material. Taking a moment [...]

31 Aug 2016

6 Quick-Checks for Comprehension

By | August 31st, 2016|Classroom Management, Teacher Tips|0 Comments

Sometimes it can be difficult to know whether students are really “getting it” as you move through a unit or lesson. Formative assessments provide in-the-moment insight into student comprehension. Here are six formative assessments that can be administered as you’re teaching to help guide instructional strategies. These assessment ideas also encourage students to take an [...]

29 Aug 2016

16 Teacher Hacks for Making Data Collection a Piece of Cake

By | August 29th, 2016|Classroom Management, Teacher Tips|0 Comments

Collecting data is not necessarily every teacher’s cup of tea, but in today’s teaching climate, it’s definitely a necessity. After all, good data can provide important information to teachers and students and go a long way toward improving teaching and learning. And if keeping track of all the streams of data coming your way is [...]

29 Aug 2016

3 Tips for Effective Data-Driven Decision-Making

By | August 29th, 2016|Classroom Management, Professional Development, Teacher Tips|0 Comments

Data is all around us, and we’ve become experts in using it. From checking customer reviews before purchasing a product, to using a fitness band to monitor our health, we rely on data to make so many decisions in our everyday lives. Data is just as useful in our professional lives, too. When districts implement [...]

26 Aug 2016

Ready, Set, Benchmarking!

By | August 26th, 2016|Teach Talk, Teacher Tips|0 Comments

Fall is in the air and classrooms are full of new students. While everyone in the room may be in the same grade, students have a diverse set of learning needs. Before diving into the first lesson, teachers need to understand who knows what so they can adjust their instructional plans accordingly. That’s where benchmark [...]

25 Aug 2016

Welcoming Students Back to School

By | August 25th, 2016|Teach Talk, Teacher Tips|0 Comments

Teachers and other educators play such an important role in students’ academic and social and emotional development. Much research shows that a strong and caring teacher/student relationship can greatly impact students’ success. Here are some ideas on how to lay the groundwork for strong relationships with your students at the start of the new school [...]