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Content Literacy In Math

Content Literacy in Math

As educators, we are aware of the importance of proper literacy skills our students need to acquire within their time spent in our classrooms. Teachers across the entire curriculum spectrum realize that they are responsible for producing learners who possess the literacy skills needed for the 21st Century. Literacy is…

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Encouraging Speaking in the Classroom

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When a child walks through your classroom door, so does a unique personality. As an educator you can create and warm inviting classroom appearance to allow students to feel comfortable. Some children waltz right in fearless, with the ability to talk to the teacher and other children. There are other children who hover close to their parents during open house, feeling uneasy about meeting a new teacher and students in the class. The first few weeks of schools is a significant time to build an encouraging classroom environment where students have the confidence to participate in class all year long. You want your students to have the courage to communicate with others, share ideas in small groups, and speak before the class.

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Math Journaling

Math journaling is a great way to get insight into your students’ thoughts and problem solving strategies about math K-12!  Learning how to do math is only one piece of the problem, they also must know how to articulate what they learning. Providing them with as many opportunities to do…

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Acing the Test: 7 Tips for Writing Winning Essay Responses

girl-kids-training-school-159782.jpegWhen I was teaching, part of preparing students to succeed on the annual state exam was teaching them how to respond to open-ended essay-style questions.  Unlike some other question types where you can use strategies such as eliminating incorrect answers or comparing similar/opposite responses to the question asked, essay-style questions vary in response depending on the content area asssessed and the requirements one’s answer must meet according to the question.  Here’s some advice for making sure your responses get you the most points possible on these kinds of assessment questions.

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Problems No More: 6 Strategies to Help Decode Math Word Problems

desk-912577_1920.jpgIf I’m really honest, I’ll admit one of the most challenging things I’ve done while teaching elementary math is getting children to conquer the often-dreaded word problem.  I’ll also admit that it’s one of my favorite because I love the joy of seeing the lightbulbs go off in a child’s mind.  May the advice below help you become better at demystifying math word problems for your students.

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Test-Taking Strategies

iStock_000006627042XSmall.jpgIt is getting to be that time of year, again! Nope, not Christmas! Not summer, either! Wait a minute…I just realized that I could not say it is almost testing time because the reality is that we are testing the majority of the time in one form or another. Testing has become a staple of our education system. The information we can learn from testing can be invaluable. If your students experience test anxiety though, their results may not be a true measure of their ability and knowledge. We all know students that participate in class and exhibit higher-order thinking about subjects, but when they begin their tests, the panic clearly shows on their faces and they freeze up. In some cases, you will have extreme behavior due to the test anxiety. On my very first time administering a state examination, one of my students became so anxious that she vomited and fainted. Emergency personnel had to be called. Due to this one experience, I definitely believe in the seriousness of test anxiety.

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Gearing up for Testing

iStock_000003621931Small.jpgThis is a two part series on getting ready for end of year testing. Today we will focus on preparation and tips, next week will we focus on some of my favorite after testing activities.

When you think of year end testing, it seems too far away to think about.  However, the testing window will be opening soon. Just this week, our district assessment team announced our testing dates.  Aaaugh….

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STEM: Engineer Girl!


The image above is not an accurate depiction of women in the sciences. When the statistics are examined and looking around the world of science and technology it becomes clear very quickly that there really aren’t a lot of women working as professionals in these fields. In her February 23, 2015 post, “Teaching Science for All: Helping Women Fulfill their Potential”, on the Stanford University Teaching Commons blog Teaching Talk, Mandy McClean points out, “less than one-quarter of bachelors degrees awarded in fields such as computer science, engineering and physics go to women.” And it isn’t due to the number of women enrolled in higher learning. A recent Forbes magazine report notes that males only outnumber females in higher learning nationally by 2 percent and according to the National Center for Education Statistics, since 1998, women have outnumbered men in post-baccalaureate programs.

So what can K-12 teachers do to encourage girls to choose higher education and future careers in the sciences, math and technology?

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