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High-Stakes Testing: Is It Inclusive to Special Needs Students?
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by Andilynn Feddeler
Standardized testing has become the norm in recent years, especially in making sure that schools meet the 95% test participation mandate as required by federal law under the Every Student Succeeds Act. But the environments in which these tests are given are less than satisfactory, especially for special needs students. Inclusion efforts in testing often take priority over inclusion in the process of teaching material, which seems counterintuitive and places emphasis on numerical results rather than actual progress. read more...
Should Teachers Allow Students Retakes?
PUBLISHED: Friday, April 13, 2018 by Andilynn Feddeler
Most of us know what it’s like to prepare diligently for an important exam or task, feel confident about it, and then wake up the morning of and proceed to have an off day and perform poorly. That sense of failure can be extremely frustrating for students, because even though they studied and felt sure about the material, certain circumstances prevented them from executing their knowledge onto paper. read more...
Make Writing More Motivating for STEM Thinkers
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by Megan Barnhard
If you can help your learners view writing as an experimental process, similar to scientific investigation, it reduces the stress many students experience around writing. Here are three steps to take to make writing more motivating for STEM thinkers, and to invite them to develop their writing skills. read more...
Celebrate National Poetry Month
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, April 04, 2018 by Andilynn Feddeler
It’s National Poetry Month once again! Although many students love learning about poetry, they often find themselves challenged by it. We’ve compiled a few ways to jump over the common hurdles young students face when approaching these largely conceptual units. read more...
Teaching and Accommodating for Introverts
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by Andilynn Feddeler
About 50% of students are introverts, and even more have introverted tendencies. It’s a common misconception that introverts are afraid to speak in class, but they often would just prefer to keep to themselves. Current curriculum favors extroverts by encouraging or requiring active participation, which can help shy learners open their horizons, but may have little effect on introverts.
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