The Benchmark Advance website offers such a strong assessments component that can give you detailed and specific data to help guide your instruction. In this post, you'll learn how to do the following on the Benchmark Universe website: - assign tests - grade constructed student responses - generate reports by breakdown of: standards, students, topics, skills, questions - find class ... Read More about How to: Benchmark Advance Online Assessments
If you're like me, you like to keep the first week of school reserved for community building, teaching your procedures and routines, and having FUN! We are normally required to begin district assessments, the first week or two, so I usually wait to start our curriculum and actual instruction until later in week two or even week three. There's all year for that, and you can't get your first week of ... Read More about 5 Community-Building Activities
What are some of your must haves for Back to School time? There's so much to do around this time of year, and as soon as I check one thing off the list, two more appear! No matter what I get around to though, there are some organization must-haves that I can't start the year without! Let's Talk Planners I usually spring for the Erin Condren Teacher Planner, which takes several weeks to ... Read More about Top 3 Back to School Must Haves
I'm someone who has always struggled with homework. I hate the idea of kids and parents stressing out for hours after school, when kids should be busy being kids! All too often, I hear that students are breaking down and crying because homework overwhelms them. And I don't blame them. I know my brain is tapped out after a full day of teaching. The last thing I want to do when I go home is practice ... Read More about Social and Emotional Learning is So Important!
Fractions can be a challenge to teach when your students are having difficulty grasping the abstract. One of my favorite ways to make concepts of fractions more concrete and relatable is by making fraction kites. This activity is a hit year after year, and it was even featured in Scholastic magazine! How to Make Fraction Kites I have my students choose six colors they want to use on their kite ... Read More about The Best Way to Teach Fractions