Reducing stress during testing time is not just about creating a stress-free environment. It’s about helping students lessen the anxieties that aren't helpful for testing, and showing them that some stress can help you perform up to your potential. Here are a few simple stress-reducing tips for you and your students!
Many gifted students are perfectionists. This can be especially stressful because of the huge emphasis on testing in schools today. Here’s a poem that a student wrote that gives insight to how students may feel when under pressure to be perfect. Read more for tips on how you can help perfectionists.
How should we grade our students? In middle school, are we assessing students on their ability to master the content, or the skills needed to be successful in life after middle school? Is it possible to do both? Tell us what you think!
In order to meaningfully implement the Standards for Mathematical Practice, teachers need a reasonable and manageable place to begin. We suggest concept games! Mathematics games link the Standards for Mathematical Practice with research-based instructional strategies and conceptual understanding.
Differentiation is critical to helping students of all abilities to work within their zone of proximity. Here are some ideas to help you differentiate your literacy centers, so that all students can work at their own proficiency levels within their reading skills.