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TIME TESTED TEST TAKING & PREPARATION STRATEGIES

~from our Terrific Teachers~
 
Please tell us what has worked for you:)
 
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2) Give them a Survival Kit  
3) Time Tested Stategies that are for sure to work:Image result for test taking
  • Boxing key words
  • Removing only information from paragraph that is needed to answer ( isolate key info)
  • Dividing box for amount of answers needed to compete question --- I have talked to students about typing a 1 then a 2 on the next line on computers so that the 2 automatically moves down as they type but is still visible for them to see that they need a second part for their answer.
  • In math making sure that they look to see if they need a larger or smaller number. Know which operations give larger numbers and which give smaller numbers
  • Labeling all work
  • Giving more details then you think needed
  • When writing use a B M E to get thoughts for beginning, middle and end story. 
 
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AWESOME IDEAS FROM

WONDERFUL WEBSITES

~and much more!~

 
(Please put your website and a short comment about 
why we should check it out!)


1) http://kidblog.org/ Not only can you set up blogs for
feedback/assignments, but you can check them out to
make sure they are publishable before they are released
onto the web. This is a powerful and effective technology
tool for the classroom and it is FREE!
 
2) The Power of believing that you can improve on the Ted.com website: http://www.ted.com/talks/carol_dweck_the_power_of_believing_that_you_can
_improve?share=186565d3e4
Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow
our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes
two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve.
Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet?
A great introduction to this influential
field.  from Brenda McGinnis
 
3) DYSLEXIA NEWS
for dyslexia/reading and learning disabilities. These could be very useful for both
special needs students and general education students. Dr. Gilbert 
Dyslexia http://dyslexiahelp.umich.edu/tools/apps
 
4)  reallygoodstuff.com Really Good Stuff
is a website for Fun and creative teaching tools for todays' classroom.
Check it out! 
 
5) Cross-curricular connection~ HELP celebrate
Music in Our Schools Month in March with these great ideas
from read/write/think.org at the National Reading Association
(For all grades)
http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/calendar-
activities/music-schools-month-march-20638.html
 
6) Veescope Live -get the app for free on your ipad.  Video
your class projects, reports or presentations using a green screen
with your chosen background, then put it on your webpage.  
Let them Show off their Stuff:)
 
7) Check out these webpages to TAKE A REFRESHING
VIEW OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND KNOWING YOUR STUDENTS.
PreSchool: http://ecap.crc.illinois.edu/eecearchive/books/multicul/stremmel.html 
Kindergarten: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/sites/default/files/ETKintro.pdf
1st Grade: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/sites/default/files/ET1intro.pdf  
2nd Grade: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/sites/default/files/et2intro.pdf  
3rd Grade: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/sites/default/files/ET3intro.pdf 
4th Grade: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/sites/default/files/et4intro.pdf
5th Grade: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/sites/default/files/ET5intro.pdf 
 
8) HARVARD PROTOCOL~I Notice, I Wonder, I Value
(See, Think, Wonder Routine)
     1. Beginning to Problem Solve with I Notice, I Wonder (Math Example)
http://mathforum.org/nctm/2016/documents/presentershandouts/
notice_wonder_intro.pdf
 
     2. I Notice,  Wonder~with Data.  See the lesson plan!!
http://www.teachingmatters.org/toolkit/notice-and-wonder-protocol
 
     3. Listen to Anne Fetter talk about this philosophy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BEzDHJ7ocQ
 
     4.  Harvard Project Zero (See, Think, Wonder Routine)  
Find out how it looks:)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wqtv9lCXkqo (Elementary Class Example)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qng_jR05xEI (High School History Example) 
 
 
     5. Harvard Project Zero-Look at Artful Thinking and how it will affect other s
ubject areas too:)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clUZxBT4oDE
 
9)  Core Routines~ Ways of Thinking
http://www.visiblethinkingpz.org/VisibleThinking_html_files/03_ThinkingRoutines
/03c_CoreRoutines.html 
ASK QUESTIONS LIKE:
What makes you say that?  Learn to Think/Puzzle/Explore.  
Have a Circle of Viewpoints 
 
10) Paragraph Writing Strategies & More
See these links:
Writing a Paragraph Hamburger Style
(Free from Teacher Pay Teachers-Great Packet) 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Paragraph-Writing-Hamburger-Style-321597 
Expository Essay Writing Packet (FREE from Teacher Pay Teachers)
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Expository-Essay-Packet-1225116
How to Write a Paragraph (5 Week Detailed Teaching Process)
http://www.busyteacherscafe.com/literacy/paragraph.html
TEST RUBRIC that helps kids understand how they are graded
and what the state is look for:
How to teach all kinds of writing: 
This website has lots of handouts for the kids in a sequenced order: 
This website says WRITING PARAGRAPHS AND ESSAYS
THE STRUCTURED WAY 
 
11)  25 Literacy Handouts for Parents (Literacy Strategies
for Parents to help their children with Reading) FREE
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Literacy-Handouts-for-Parents-1808988
 
 


                             OUR TERRIFIC
     TEACHING STRATEGIES
 
 CLOSE READING~NOT A New Idea?  (Ask Tina Smith for help:)
  •  What Is Close Reading?

Essentially, close reading means reading to uncover layers of meaning that lead to deep comprehension. 

Check it out:  
  • http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/dec12/vol70/num04/Closing-in-on-Close-Reading.aspx
  • A Closer Look at Close Reading~Scaffolding Students with Complex Texts.                 http://nieonline.com/tbtimes/downloads/CCSS_reading.pdf 
  • Close reading is a natural fit for the Common Core,

    Common Core: Close Reading and easy to implement.
    http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/common-core-close-reading-0
EVIDENCE BASED TERMS~~~~

~Because….

~For instance….

~For example…..

~For example the author said………..

~According to the test…….

~From my reading I know that …….


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WHAT DOES THAT MEAN????
??????????

~SUMMARIZE-determine                                                                     the important ideas

i.e. “This was mainly about…..”

~QUESTION-ask questions as I read

i.e. “I wonder….”

~CONNECT-use what I know to better understand

i.e. “This reminds me of ……”

~INFER-use clues and what I know to make sense of reading

i.e. “This probably means….”

~VISUALIZE-create mental images fo what I read

i.e. “In my mind i picture…..”

~PREDICT-use clues to infer what may happen.

i.e. “I predict that……”

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Erin Bittman:  Philosophy~To encourage a children to develop a sense of wonder
and curiosity through exploration and investigation. Includes
Check out these websites to find great ideas for all subject areas.
 http://erinbittman.weebly.com/  
Includes Lego Math learning activities and has been
Featured on:
Apartment Therapy, a cool hunting website, formerly known as Ohdeedoh.
The ART of Autism as a learning tool to reach out to children with autism and help
them understand math concepts.
Examiner for homeschooling parents.
Visit We Are Teachers to see my post about teaching math with LEGO.
 
ANOTHER Website by Erin: 
http://eisforexplore.blogspot.com/
E is for EXPLORE is a one stop resource for teachers
and parents. We develop unique learning activities, and
search the internet and compile additional great ideas
fromother sources. Our index helps you find what you
need quickly and easily. Where we have posted ideas
from other sources we provide easy links to those websites.
Pleasevisit those as well to see what else they have to offer.
All E is for Explore activities conform to state common core
curriculum standards.

JUST A THOUGHT~ 


You can use a movie to practice all the above in a different venue. Use

this to stretch their experiences, then compare/contrast with a book of
the movie or a similar topic.
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STAIR STEP SPELLING!  ~contributed by Bradley Meddock 
 
What a great way to work on detail, phonemic awareness, correct
word spelling and more!
1) Have your students put the first letter of the word on the first line.
2) Next put the first and second letter of the words on the second line
3) Continue to copy the letters above and add a letter for each line
(forming stair steps)\
4) The last thing to do is draw the steps around the form they have
created.
IT REALLY MAKES THEM THINK ABOUT EACH LETTER.  
IT IS CHALLENGING AT FIRST AND A WAY TO HELP THEM
REMEMBER! I could hear them pronouncing each "word" as they wrote:)
 
 
WHAT IS PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION?  Check it out!!!

We believe schools are essential to a democratic society.
Therefore,

  1. We create a community for teaching and learning for all ages.

  2. We raise social consciousness by encouraging the school community                                                     to examine and act upon complex issues within a democratic society.

  3. We respect diversity among children and variation in their development.

  4. We collaborate with colleagues and parents as co-educators to meet                                            children’s needs.

  5. We engage in thematic studies and foster authentic and emergent                                                    learning experiences.

  6. We structure experiences that actively engage children in the process of                                              learning and guide child choice and decision-making.

  7. We design opportunities to integrate the arts in curriculum as an essential                                                   way to acquire and express knowledge.

  8. We use time and space in a flexible manner.

  9. We facilitate ongoing reflection and self-evaluation by children and adults.

  10. We use learning groups and documentation to support and deepen learning.

http://www.uaschools.org/page.cfm?p=587
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GIFTED EDUCATION


                    
PHILOSOPHY AND STRATEGIES; 
(WEP TOO:)

By Not Challenging Gifted Kids,
What Do We Risk Losing?
By
Check it out: http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/04/25/
what-do-we-risk-losing-by-not-challenging-gifted-kids/
 
What are the characteristics of a gifted child?
http://giftedkids.about.com/od/gifted101/a/giftedtraits.htm
 
OHIO ASSOCIATION FOR GIFTED CHILDREN
WEP TOOLKIT
https://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Other
-Resources/Gifted-Education/Teaching-Gifted-Students
-in-Ohio/Written-Education-Plans-WEPs-for-Gifted-
Students/Development-and-Implementation-of-Written-
Education-Plans-WEPs-Grant-Toolkit.pdf.aspx

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/82542605647505741/                                                                            CHECK OUT THE INTERVIEW ABOUT HOW 
TO HELP GIFTED CHILDREN! 

philosophy-david-hochheiser  An interesting article for
teachers about Growth Mindsets. Very interesting and
even touches up the “grit” idea we read about at the
beginning of the school year.
 
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR GIFTED CHILDREN~ What is
appropriate and inappropriate teaching for
gifted students? Interesting reading! 


 
 LOTS OF WEBSITES, IDEAS AND                          
LESSON PLANS FOR GIFTED STUDENTS
 
 VIDEO TO TEACH IT IS OK TO LEARN FROM FAILURE!! TERRIFIC
DISCUSSION STARTER OR WRITING PROMPT! 

http://go.sdsu.edu/education/student-art-competition-and-exhibition.aspx                                              ART COMPETITION 

LESSON PLANS FOR: Art & Design, Science & Technology,
History & Culture, and Language Arts

http://www.exquisite-minds.com/gifted-resources-lessons-and-curriculum/                                    THIS WEBSITE IS A GREAT SOURCE FOR MANY

WEBSITES TO SEARCH

http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/investigations.htm HOAGIE”SGIFTED                                    EDUCATION PAGE> LOTS OF RESOURCES-

GREAT TO CHECK REGULARLY

http://www.npsd.k12.wi.us/cms_files/resources/GiftedandTalented  ResourcesforEducators2013.pdf MORE WEBSITES AND IDEAS

https://www.pinterest.com/tirp9999/gifted-and-talented-teaching-ideas-k-8/                          PINTEREST TO HELP:)
 
http://www.greatpeaceacademy.com/100-games-for-gifted/ 100 GAMES                                      
FOR GIFTED KIDS!

GREAT CONTENT SPECIFIC WEBSITES

http://wonderopolis.org/ ARE YOU READY TO WONDER?Great science ideas!

http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/educators.aspx  KENNEDY CENTER

http://bie.org/project_search/results/search&project_search_channel=32/                                  GREAT SOURCE FOR PROJECT SEARCHS

http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/ DISCOVERY EDUCATION

http://metagifted.org/products/enrichmentProjectList/ GIFTED PROJECT                                       IDEA LIST FOR STUCK STUDENTS

(To help them think of ideas of project work.)
GREAT RESOURCES FOR OUR GIFTED STUDENTS!
 
http://www.thekidstory.com/websites-for-gifted-children/ WEBSITES FOR                                GIFTED STUDENTS
 
SUPER SATURDAY PROGRAM for Gifted Children ages 4-14 in the                                   Greater Cincinnati Area.
http://www.supersaturday.org/
The Super Saturday Program is a quality enrichment program for intellectually
gifted children, ages 4-14, in the Greater Cincinnati area. Starting in the Fall
of 1981, the Super Saturday Program has grown from serving a handful of
gifted children at the University of Cincinnati's main campus to serving
hundreds of children each session in classrooms on UC Victory Parkway
Campus in Walnut Hills.

100% of parents surveyed would recommend this program! Find out why!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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