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As hectic as these last few weeks are, I have students reflect on the year. Then I collaborate with colleagues, comparing notes, celebrating our successes, and discussing areas to target.
What do you do with the many half days resulting from testing, picnics, and award ceremonies? Read on to view activities that keep students engaged in learning and celebrate their successes. Included are free student award certificates to print...
Aesop's infamous fable “The Tortoise and the Hare” cautions against hurrying to reach a goal and suggesting that the slow and steady will win the race. I cling to the wisdom of this fable as we begin our journey toward educational reform.
Whether it's a unit test, or high-stakes state assessment, some students will suffer from test anxiety. Included in this post is a video demonstrating activities that activate both hemispheres of the brain and reduce stress.
Teacher advisor Mary Blow explains her process for improving her students' multiple-choice skills and avoiding the "multiple-guess test".
Engage students in a mini research project and other classroom activities that explore Chinese culture to help them understand the legal and cultural conflicts in the novel Chu Ju's House.
It takes a special breed to teach middle school students. Use these tips and tricks to keep your middle schoolers motivated in school throughout the year.
Teacher advisor Mary Blow shares resources and strategies for preparing sixth-grade students for the extended response section of standardized tests.
Scholastic teacher advisor Mary Blow connects the tragedy in Darfur to the Holocaust through nonfiction texts and classroom discussions.