Progress Monitoring

Progress Monitoring

December 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

I remember how my mom would monitor my height on one of the walls in our house. Every couple of months, she would make me stand at a specific place and mark a spot on the wall, based on my height. She would also write the date there. Even today, the marks on the wall […]

What should I consider while planning successful STEM assessments?

What should I consider while planning successful STEM assessments?

December 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

There are several components that contribute to meaningful STEM assessments. One thing to keep in mind is that assessment should be viewed as “a process.” For example, there is not one “test” that reveals a complete summary of academic performance. Instead a series of assessment strategies should be implemented to assess student learning.
Students and teachers […]

Teacher Resources, Tools & Giveaways for the week (Dec 15 – 21, 2013)

December 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

TOOLS
Online PDF Tools
A set of tools to convert, merge and rotate PDF files.
Poll Code
Create and customize polls online.
NeedToMeet
An easy way to schedule meetings.
RESOURCES
Audience, Purpose, and Language Use in Electronic Messages
Help students explore the language of electronic messages and how it affects other writing.
Basic Math in Excel 2013
Learn to use Microsoft Excel for mathematical operations.
TestTubeGames
Games to […]

How does assessment work in differentiated instruction?

How does assessment work in differentiated instruction?

September 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

While implementing differentiated instruction, learners design their own rubrics and set their own achievement levels. They may be allowed to determine their own readiness level after demonstrating a level of prior knowledge. Teachers provide guidance and facilitation by incorporating collaboration and conference time as a part of each culminating activity. Teachers may also discuss the […]

How can the “Pause Procedure” be used to enhance learning?

How can the “Pause Procedure” be used to enhance learning?

September 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Lectures are usually planned placing great importance on the information that is to be conveyed and the means by which we communicate it. We prepare our presentations; choose appropriate strategies and interactive activities all with the utmost of care. But how often do we “Pause” to allow the information to sink in and register in […]

Teacher Resources, Tools & Giveaways for the week (Sept 7 – 14, 2013)

Teacher Resources, Tools & Giveaways for the week (Sept 7 – 14, 2013)

September 8, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

TOOLS
Scoot & Doodle
http://scootdoodle.com/
An online, collaborative studio where students can easily get creative together in real-time.
The GameMaker
http://www.yoyogames.com/gamemaker/studio
A drag and drop interface to create games.
sketchlot
http://www.sketchlot.com/
A web whiteboard for schools that works on computers, smart phones and tablets.
RESOURCES
Fraction Spinner
http://www.lauracandler.com/filecabinet/math/PDF/FractionSpinners.pdf
A tool to teach fractions.
Character Trading Card Planning Sheet
http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson932/planning-sheet.pdf
A planning sheet to create character trading cards.
Microsoft Office Web Apps
http://www.microsoft.com/education/en-us/teachers/guides/Pages/webapps.aspx
Learn […]

Treating Ourselves

Treating Ourselves

September 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Life is busy, and always full of things we have to do for others. Between school and family, we may not find the time to do the things we really want to do. There are often so many small things that we would love to do, but just keep putting away because of the more […]

How can I use the Minute Paper Strategy to Enhance Learning in the Classroom?

How can I use the Minute Paper Strategy to Enhance Learning in the Classroom?

An effective and efficient strategy that doubles as both a classroom assessment tool and a feedback system is the Minute paper strategy. Minute paper is a short writing activity within the classroom in which students generate answers in response to questions asked by the teacher regarding the material taught in class.
For example students are asked […]

How can I Use “Question and Answers in Pairs” Effectively to Facilitate Learning?

How can I Use “Question and Answers in Pairs” Effectively to Facilitate Learning?

June 22, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Question and Answers in Pairs is a strategy used within the classroom to facilitate learning of a topic, revision of the material and to help students prepare for a test. Students are paired and instructed to derive challenging questions from the material that was taught in class. Each student makes a list of questions which […]

How can I use QR codes to enhance learning in the classroom?

How can I use QR codes to enhance learning in the classroom?

June 13, 2013 by · 3 Comments 

The Quick Response (QR code) is a tool that promotes active learning. The QR code is a digital image or a barcode that takes you to a particular destination when scanned.  These can be easily created and can be read by a smart phone with camera facility and a downloaded QR code reader application.
Benefits of […]

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