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    Building Relationships Through Assessments

    Building Relationships Through Assessments
    Does this sound familiar? Student: “What grade did you give me?” Teacher: “No, the correct question is, ‘What grade did you earn?’” No matter how many times we explain to students that they earn grades, instead of being given grades, the fact remains … students do not always understand how they earn their grades. Since assigning letter grades first appeared in ...
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    Teaching is Not a Four Letter Word

    Teaching is Not a Four Letter Word
    I recently won a copy of Teaching is Not a Four Letter Word: How to Stop Worrying and Love the Job by Tom DeRosa by entering his blog contest (Check out his awesome blog I Want To Teach Forever). I am so glad I had the opportunity to read this book and I’m ashamed to say I might not have if ...
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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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    How to Give Students Meaningful Feedback

    How to Give Students Meaningful Feedback
    Being a teacher means that you are wearing many hats at the same time. One part of a teacher’s job is to help students build reliable self image. It is being like a mirror for students, so that they can reflect themselves and see a clear and correct picture. How would students otherwise know where they should improve their learning, or ...
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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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    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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    30 Students Quoted: What a Perfect School Should Be

    I did a writing across the curriculum exercise where students described what their perfect school would be like. Some of the students had really good insights and I thought I would share my student quotes with you. Quote #1 "My perfect school would be a night time school." Next page: Quote #2 [page] Quote #2 "Kids will be given a laptop ...
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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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    Teaching Students to Accept Criticism

    Teaching Students to Accept Criticism
    I really don’t think we teach our students how to accept criticism and learn from it. Most teens get defensive and shut down but learning from criticism can be a positive experience if we choose for that to happen. When I was trying to get my students into the work place, one of the items on their evaluations was a question ...
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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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    Good Teachers Aren't Born, They Evolve

    Good Teachers Aren't Born, They Evolve
    I saw this OpEd piece from the L.A. Times a few days ago and have been thinking about it ever since. I heart the first sentence. "Great teachers aren't born -- they evolve." I heart this idea because it embraces the reality that good teachers are continuously reinventing themselves as they change, their students change and education changes. I know sometimes ...
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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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