5 Homework Assignments for the Thanksgiving Break

A friendly reminder that a break is a break. This is not an excuse to give extra work to students. There is NO research that suggests that we should give students work to do over the Thanksgiving break or any break. Actually, rest and breaks are very important. So...

No Paper or Google Forms Spelling Tests

Ditch the Spelling Test I’ve been asked how to turn off spell check (facepalm) for Google Forms to administer spelling tests. There are a few issues with this. Do not fight technology, change what you do. If spell check has made the spelling test obsolete, own...

Well Intentioned, but Damaging

How Does That Score Make the Student Feel? I have fond feelings about my 4th grade teachers, both of them. Because I could not do math facts fast I had to repeat the 4th grade. My teachers were well intentioned with the timed math facts, but it has had a lifetime of...

Make Formative Assessment More Student Centered

Common Sense Media and Formative Assessment If you are not familiar with Common Sense Media allow me to introduce you to this great resource for helping parents and teachers navigate the digital world. Formative Assessment Tips Many of the most popular formative...

Project or PBL via @edutopia

What is the Difference Between a Project and PBL? On Twitter, Edutopia gave an example of the difference between a project and PBL and provided a video. As I struggle to provide my students with authentic PBL projects I gather resources and information on what PBL is...

Teachers, Take a Break!

Our Bodies and Our Brains Need a Break Last year I wrote Don’t Be the Holiday Grinch: Ditch the Break Packets. For years I made these giant holiday worksheet packets. WHY? No one told me to do that? I thought I had to do that, what from my past made me think this was...

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