Test Prep Starts Now

Every bone in my body wants to stick my head in the sand and pretend that I don’t have to worry about state testing this year. I don’t want to think about it. At all. I would much rather completely ignore testing, but I wouldn’t be doing anyone any favors. If I wait until testing […]

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The Importance of Spiral Review

Who has ever experienced this scenario? You spend weeks conceptually teaching fractions. You incorporate hands-on activities, multiple models and visual representations. Your students complete a variety of problem solving tasks in authentic situations. You also have students writing about fractions in their math journals. Then a few weeks after your fraction unit you have a

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Life After Testing

It seems like during the weeks leading up to testing all I can think about is preparing for our state test.  Then after testing, my lesson plans are wide open. For the most part, I’ve taught all of my essential standards, but I certainly don’t want the learning to stop after testing.  Each year as

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