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Sun, Nov 20, 2016 8:23 PM in FACTS: Formative Assessment Classroom Techniques - Let's Share!
I am a pre-service teacher looking for different assessment ideas. There are lots of great ideas shared in this thread. Thanks all for sharing!! I will be following. Can't wait to try some of the ideas!!
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Sun, Nov 06, 2016 1:47 PM in Departmentalized Teaching in Elementary School
Thank you so much for your reply! Do you miss teaching Language Arts and Social Studies?
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Sun, Nov 06, 2016 1:45 PM in Elementary School or Middle School
I am pre-service teacher. I have not started my student teaching. My certification will allow me to teach through grade 6. In Maryland, elementary school includes grades K-5, while grade 6 begins middle school. I am leaning towards teaching upper elementary grades, probably grade 4 or 5, however, I am not totally against moving into a middle school.
Based on that information, I have a numbe...
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Recent Reviews by Jennifer
Planning NGSS-Based Instruction: Where Do You Start?
Sun, Nov 06, 2016 2:33 PM
Failure can be part of the process
In this article, the author reflects on several science lessons she has taught over several years. She reflects that her students were most engaged when the lessons were driven by a student question, rather than a teacher assigned inquiry. The author went into some detail about a particular science experiment she had had her students participate in. She had “perfected” the experiment so that her students would get the “right” data. By doing so, however, she had prevented her students from actually fully experiencing the scientific method. Failing is a part of the process. I particularly appreciated the author’s idea that it is okay to try something new and fail at it. I think this is an important idea for both students and teachers.
Creating a Schoolyard Mini-Garden
Sun, Nov 06, 2016 2:19 PM
Gardening Project Advice
In this article, the author describes her experiences with starting a classroom garden. She says the experience went beyond being a simple engaging activity for her students to something that permeated all aspects of her curriculum and highly motivated her students. I appreciated that she addressed potential roadblocks, such as identifying a location for the garden. Her resourcefulness when gathering seeds was motivating. Further, I especially appreciated that she addressed safety and discipline as well as time required outside of the classroom for this project. Other articles have not addressed these aspects of classroom gardening projects.
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