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Common Core – The National Word Problem

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In most math programs in California, you have two types of assessment of the standards: a multiple choice format and an open-ended word problem. Most teachers are too busy to grade a lot of written answers for math so the … Continue reading

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Assess the Entire Class in an Instant

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White dry-erase boards are an excellent way to check for understanding (CFU) during and after a lesson. They are also a great way to avoid wasting paper in your lesson plans. Of course, they are also very useful when stating … Continue reading

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No Superman – When Tests Scores are Human

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Low standardized test scores are not an indicator of talent, either by the student or the teacher. Rather, they indicate incorrect focus. Continue reading

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The Challenge of Making Your Not-so-Favorites Your Favorites

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There are 30 some odd kids in your class as a teacher. It is so easy to gravitate and focus on the needs of your favorites. They are as such because they fit in to your paradigm. Disclaimer: No teacher … Continue reading

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What Teaching Strategies are You Using This Close to the Test

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You know I write these posts to archive the good teaching stuff I have run across. But more than that, I selfishly love getting your comments. Many times I find reader comments more helpful than my own material. PLEASE COMMENT. … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at the Parent Trigger Law

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Well made video, brings up a lot of questions. Continue reading

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Professional Learning Communities – Worth the Effort

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Professional learning communities are revolutionizing teaching. We are learning at my school how powerful it can be when teachers work together. Unfortunately, it does require a lot of patience and work to make happen. Continue reading

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Backward Map Review – A Great Way to do Test Prep

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If you want your kids to feel comfortable with all the material, you need to get them familiar with it now. Using the past test to go over and review with the kids is like gold. Continue reading

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Negative Effect of Forward Questioning

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Quite cool. This shows the effect of forward questioning: when you ask kids questions based on material you have not yet taught. How many times would it take feeling helpless before you bought out. YouTube – Learned Helplessness

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20 Days is 20 Days – Musing on an Upcoming Test

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The California Standards Test (CST) is banging at the front door. It’s been an arduous year preparing for it and I must admit, it seems like it came faster than ever. But 20 days is 20 Days and a lot … Continue reading

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