Tag Archive for effective teaching strategies

ProTip Wednesday: 8 Ways to Make Students Care

“Why do I have to learn this?” “When are we ever going to use this in real life?” Building real-world relevancy to answer that big why question is something that all teachers grapple with. Why should students care about the Pythagorean Theorem or learn how to create a stem and leaf plot? Establishing the connection…

The Case for Low-Stakes Assessments

Low-stakes assessments are our favorite way to keep up with the real-time progress of your students. But that word—assessments—triggers a complex in every student, educator, and teacher’s brain. Assessments, tests, evaluations… judgment. Low-stakes assessments, like formative assessments, aren’t meant to be scary or judgmental. In fact, this brand of assessment is something you probably do…

ProTip Wednesday: 5 Ways to Assess Student Understanding

We’ve all been there—you just gave a test and after receiving the results, you bury your head in your hands and ask yourself the big question: “Why didn’t they get it?” The “Getting It” process (also known as learning/achieving/mastering) is a teacher’s main goal —in addition to the other ten thousand other skills you want…

ProTip Wednesday: 7 Easy Standards-Based Grading Hacks

You’re taken the dive and are now swimming in the murky waters of standards-based grading. You might have seen this picture, which starkly illustrates how much more student transparency a teacher receives when using SBG: (via “Seven Reasons for Standards-Based Grading” by Patricia L. Scriffiny) You know that you want to do it, but the…

A Standards-Based Learning Chat with @WHSRowe

At our pizza party last month, we had the pleasure of meeting teacher named Rik Rowe who has taken standards-based grading, teaching, and learning and has run with it. Mr. Rowe teaches high school math here in Massachusetts and was kind enough to share his standards-based practices with us. He co-moderates an #SBLchat (formerly #SBGchat)…

Exit Tickets: What They Are and Why You Should Use Them

One of the biggest issues teachers have is understanding if their student’s get it or not. And one of the best ways to assess this is with a simple quiz, or exit tickets, at the end of each class. Before the bell rings at the end of class, students answer a prompt that can range from…