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Working in a small group gives students a chance to practice using high level thinking skills. Develop more complex student answering skills by working down the list to use increasingly more complete/complex questions. Recall: Calls for students to remember details from reading or a discussion. Answers the questions who, what, when, where, why, how. … Read More »
Dealing with Test Anxiety Major testing is coming soon for most grade three through high school students: unit testing, term testing, state testing, SATs, ACTs and other three- to four-letter titled exams. For many that brings anxiety. Here are a few prep steps to help students relax and focus on doing their best. Use practice… Read More »
Come to the classroom prepared Understand the specific task to be done. Arrive on time. Collect and organize needed materials. Know where to meet and work with the students. Bring energy and a calm demeanor to leading the group. Seat yourself strategically within the group. Sit in the best position for control and positive interaction… Read More »
The five paragraph essay is a great way for middle school and high school students to learn the structure of a meaning-filled essay. Here’s the outline a student should follow: Paragraph ONE: Introduction Main theme of the essay Point one stated Point two stated Point three stated Transition sentence to paragraph #2 Paragraph TWO: Point… Read More »
Can you create equations that will let you cover or x-out all of the numbers? Roll the dice once and give this game a try. Good Luck!
As the year comes to a close and wintry activities become part of our lives, here is a bingo board you might try with your family or even a classroom. Enjoy!
It’s basic and easy once we re-remember to use the polite words, please and thank you: Please walk. Please be gentle. Please use a quiet voice. Please use your kind words. Please help me. Please wait a minute so I can listen bettter to what you have to say. Thank you for walking. Thank you… Read More »
Writing Workshops are valuable tools in helping students become comfortable writing. Including peer feedback helps make the experience richer by providing the writer information about ways to make their writing stronger. It should be a safe place for students to meet, share stories and evaluate their writings. When peers provide feedback on story content, use… Read More »
These ideas are adapted from the Modern Family website. I have selected FIVE chores, but let’s call them Family Responsibilities. AGE 3 put away toys, pillow, loose bedding and books place dirty clothes in the hamper carry clean clothes (in a bin) to the bedroom Throw away trash in waste bins Carry small loads of… Read More »