Ten Ways to Make Test Prep Fun

Rae Pica with Dave Burgess, Angela Bunyi, Erin Klein

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It's that time of year. Teachers around the nation are beginning to focus on assessments and test prep. Our guests say that test prep can actually be fun and offer specific strategies you can use immediately.

Follow: @AngelaBunyi @KleinErin @burgessdave @bodymindchild @bamradionetwork

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Keys to Authentic Learning in a Climate of Standardized Testing

Nancy Blair, Shawn Storm, Jerry Blumengarten

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Ask your students to tackle real-life challenges and solve real-world problems. This is part of the process of authentic learning as discussed in the highlights of the 1/28/14 EdChat. 

Follow: @cybraryman1 @sstorm01 @blairteach @bamradionetwork

EdChat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com

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Sometimes The Greatest Lessons, Aren't Part of the Lesson Plan

Don Wettrick with Kevin, Grace, Eric and Tessa

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This is an extraordinary segment about the profound difference that was made in the life of a student, in an unexpected way. The segment underscores the fact that often, the best lesson plans are not planned at all.

Follow on Twitter: @donwettrick

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Will This Be on the Test?: Making Content Relevant

Rae Pica with Andrea Brixey, Glen Lineberry, Mary Beth Hertz

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Perhaps one of the biggest challenges you face as a teacher is making content interesting to all of your students, all of the time. Is this even possible? If so, how? Our panel of experienced teachers share what they've learned about this from practical experience..

Follow: @AndreaBrixey @mbteach @bodymindchild @bamradionetwork

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Clarifying the Differences Between Formative Assessment, Summative Assessment and Grading

Sorting It Out
Tom Whitby, Nancy Blair, Julie Szaj

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Tune in to highlights and commentary from the 7/30/13 evening #Edchat on Assessments and grading.

Follow on Twitter: @blairteach, @tomwhitby

@shyj @bamradionetwork

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EDWORDS: Latest Assessment Blog Posts

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    Drill Down

    Today was our second of four days testing kids.  Keep in mind that this is only the ninth day of the new school year.  I know that teache ...

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    by Tim Ramsey | @PlutoTim
    Wednesday, 15 August 2018
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    NAEP '17 Reading: Up, Down or Sideways?

    Don't show Mama Our Nation's Report Card. Not so good.  Tonight I'm sharing my opinions, not a major statistical treatise, but I will tos ...

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    by Rita Wirtz | @RitaWirtz
    Wednesday, 11 April 2018
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    The Testing Thermostat: Why Test-Centered Accountability Doesn't Work

    Here's another analogy to help understand why test-centered accountability doesn't work well. All the heat in my house is run by a single thermosta ...

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    by Peter Greene @palan57
    Tuesday, 10 April 2018
  • Inactive Data

    So about that actionable data... One of the frequently-offered reasons for the Big Standardized Tests is that they are supposed to provide informat ...

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    by Peter Greene @palan57
    Tuesday, 04 April 2017
  • Real Performance Assessment

    Last Sunday afternoon the set was struck and the stage swept clean. We've come to the end of this year's spring musical. As always it was one of the ...

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    by Peter Greene @palan57
    Wednesday, 08 March 2017
  • Evidence

    This work is Romantic because the author used lots of Romantic ideas, and the characters behave in a Romantic way that captures just how very extrem ...

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    by Peter Greene @palan57
    Sunday, 26 February 2017
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    Florida: Testing Students Into Oblivion

    Recently the Tampa Bay Times reported on a great new program being pursued by Pinellas County schools to raise school ratings. The program could bes ...

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    by Peter Greene @palan57
    Saturday, 31 December 2016
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    Why You Should Rethink Your Grading

    What are we grading for? During teacher development I provide, grading is one of the topics most commonly brought up. We as teachers have an obsess ...

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    by Chad Ostrowski | @chadostrowski
    Tuesday, 11 October 2016
  • Will You Assign Math Homework?

    “I know you've heard it a thousand times before. But it's true - hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, p ...

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    by Maureen Devlin @lookforsun
    Wednesday, 20 July 2016
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    Assess for Success

    Do you teach well?  How do you determine the merit of your teaching? How do you relay this information to others? It's difficult to be object ...

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    by Maureen Devlin @lookforsun
    Thursday, 14 July 2016
  • Showing Understanding Through Screencasting

    Giving students opportunities to express their knowledge is important. But students are sometimes limited in their capabilities to show understandin ...

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    by Kathleen Ralf ‏@DeutscheKath
    Saturday, 09 July 2016
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    Norms vs. Standards

    I've found myself trying to explain the difference between norm and standards reference multiple times in the last few weeks, which means it's time ...

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    by Peter Greene @palan57
    Friday, 10 June 2016
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    It's... Almost... Over #notyet

    The sun is setting on yet another school year.  It is about this time that teachers start talking about how kids have checked out, senioritis ...

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    by Paul Bogush @paulbogush
    Thursday, 05 May 2016
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    Comparable Measures

    One of the holy grails of ed reform is comparability. The aim is a score or grade or rating that allows us to say definitively that Hypothetical Hig ...

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    by Peter Greene @palan57
    Thursday, 28 April 2016
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    Standardized Testing Makes a Brave Child Fearful

    What are we doing to our children? You would think a third grader living with cystic fibrosis who is a competitive swimmer would not be distressed a ...

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    by Laurie Levy @laurieadvocates
    Wednesday, 06 April 2016
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    They've Got Your Number

    When my son was in his first year of kindergarten, his teacher had an eight-level behaviour management system based on insects.  If you had a r ...

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    Why Critical Thinking Will Not Be on the Test

    Critical thinking is one of the Great White Whales of education. Every new education reform promises to foster it, and every new generation of Big S ...

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    by Peter Greene @palan57
    Wednesday, 23 March 2016
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    Curb Cheating on Writing Assignments

      It’s no secret that cheating and academic dishonesty are rampant in schools across the country. In a recent Edutopia article by Pr ...

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    by David Cutler @spinedu
    Wednesday, 24 February 2016
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