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    Using Rubrics to Increase Teacher Effectiveness

    Using Rubrics to Increase Teacher Effectiveness
    With standard assessment based practices, it’s not always easy for teachers to monitor the learning and growth of their students. When students are given a “C,” or a comment like “good work” - how is it possible for them to know what they did well versus what they didn’t? How can students improve their work and how can teachers improve their ...
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    The Greatest Assessment on Earth

    The Greatest Assessment on Earth
    For those of you who don’t know what a school psychologist does, a big part of our job is to assess children for disabilities. A popular referral question is: “Does my child have Attention Deficit Disorder?” An assessment for ADD is often the most complex of all assessments because there is no “test” for ADD. It is a process where you ...
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    Survey Reveals What Students Really Think of Teachers

    Survey Reveals What Students Really Think of Teachers
    Pearson recently released My Voice Student Aspirations Survey. The survey focused on eight areas of student aspirations: Belonging, Heroes, Sense of Accomplishment, Fun & Excitement, Curiosity & Creativity, Spirit of Adventure, Leadership & Responsibility, and Confidence to Take Action. The survey questioned more than 400,000 students in grades 6-12, representing 569 different schools and 32 different states. Each student answered 57 ...
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    The Debate Over Assessing Student Performance

    The Debate Over Assessing Student Performance
    A week ago, the Department of Education announced that as part of its Race to the Top initiative, it had set aside $350 million for states to join form groups that would explore the "next generation of assessments"—essentially redesigning standardized tests so that they are more effective at determining "what students know and can do." The experts at The National Journal's ...
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    Make Grades More Meaningful for Students

    Make Grades More Meaningful for Students
    At the end of my second year of teaching, I was asked to do some research on why so many freshmen were failing English. The results were fairly predictable: most of the kids were either not doing their homework and failing or not coming to class and failing. This led to a discussion among the administrators and teachers about whether or ...
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    Does Teacher Tenure Devalue Teaching?

    Does Teacher Tenure Devalue Teaching?
    In the rarified world of academia, the mantra is "publish or perish." Young professors need to get their work out to the extended community of researchers or the general public via scientific journals, academic presses, and other means—hopefully garnering grants and attention for the university they work for. Bust your hump proving your academic bona fides for several years, litter publications ...
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    Awkward Conversation #247 at School

    Awkward Conversation #247 at School
    As a school psychologist, I get many little notes in my mailbox when I enter my school building. They are usually cryptic and anonymous: Check in with Darius. He’s sad Susana wrote in her journal that she wanted to hurt herself. Can you see her? Not signed. No last names. Detective Branstetter is on the case. One I got the a ...
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    Are You a Good Teacher Quiz Results

    Don't peek at the answers if you haven't already taken this quiz! 1. Students take too long to get their materials arranged for a test. c. Tell them they can have one minute to get ready and then time them by pointedly watching the clock. 2. A student is lost in a daydream instead of finishing a reading assignment. c. Move ...
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    Testing: Threat or Menace?

    Testing: Threat or Menace?
    Student achievement, as measured by test scores, is meaningless, writes Karl Wheatley, a Cleveland State education professor in a Plain Dealer op-ed. ". . . most of what matters in life is simply not on the tests. Many key subjects and skills that form the backbone of people’s careers are not being tested. Also, many of the top goals that parents ...
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    Preparing Progress Reports: No Small Matter

    Preparing Progress Reports: No Small Matter
    Today is Progress report day. I hate progress report day. My students hate progress report day. We hate it for different reasons however. To me, it is like a new beginning. Students get a wake-up call as to just how bad an average can be when you only turn in one assignment out of 10 but the chance to turn things ...
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    5 Tips On Writing Better Recommendation Letters

    5 Tips On Writing Better Recommendation Letters
    Each year, teachers are asked to write countless letters recommending their students to colleges and universities all over the United States and abroad. While this labor of love is not on the advertised list of job requirements for a teacher, a good recommendation letter can really help an application get noticed by the folks in the admission office. Here are just ...
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    Who’s to Blame for Boys’ Low Academic Test Scores?

    Who’s to Blame for Boys’ Low Academic Test Scores?
    “Girls go to college to get more knowledge. Boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider.” I heard this rhyme over and over growing up, and I have to admit that it has played a role in forming my view of the differences between the sexes. As an adult, I assumed this idea—that girls were more conscientious and dedicated to their ...
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    The Best Way to Identify Gifted Students

    The Best Way to Identify Gifted Students
    Two weeks ago, the New York State Department of Education announced that it sought a better way of identifying gifted students in its public schools. The move is intended to help find talented students amongst lower income and minority populations, which are underrepresented in current accelerated classrooms. An interesting conversation on the subject is taking place over at The New York ...
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    First Days of School and Pre-Assessing Students

    First Days of School and Pre-Assessing Students
    Already into the first week of the school year, you will want to determine the specific needs of your students. This can be accomplished by conducting an informal needs analysis or pre-assessment. A pre-assessment is an organizational tool to help you identify differences between current performance and desired performance. It allows you to determine what the students already know and what ...
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    What is Student Achievement?

    What is Student Achievement?
    In today's education reform era, student achievement is king. We want to see our kids succeeding. We want to see test scores rise. We want to know we can better compete against foreign nations on things like PISA and TIMSS. We want assurances our students are getting a top-notch education measure by results, and not by processes. But what, exactly, is ...
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