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Making the Most Out of Your Benchmark Assessment Data

Benchmark Assessments Sometime soon, you’ll be asked to administer a benchmark assessment to your students. (MAJOR EYE ROLLS! (For real- The acronym BA is far too close to BM!) What exactly is a benchmark assessment for? All through your teacher preparation in college, you heard the terms formative assessment and summative assessment. Both of those are vital parts of teaching students. But what they didn’t

Legacy Projects – Ideas that Keep on Giving

Should you do a Legacy Project with your students? The end of the year is approaching fast, you’ve already taught the entire curriculum, and you’re looking for something fun to fill those last few days.  Have your students do a legacy project! I concocted the term “legacy project” several years ago when I prioritized station work and hands-on-activities in my classroom. My first legacy project

Easter Coloring

For help using the coloring tools, you can watch the video below. Tip: If you see the PICTURE icon (it looks like a book,) you can click it to see more pictures you can color. Tip #2: If one of the black lines does not connect fully to close a shape, you can use the brush tool to finish the line so your paint won’t “leak”

Anchor Charts, Word Walls, and Video, Oh my!

How-To Create a Video Anchor Wall If you’re like most teachers, you have probably used Word Walls and Anchor Charts in your classroom! Both are wonderful resources for students.  They are designed to continue supporting students as they transition from one skill to the next. In this post, I’m going to show you how you can combine the best of Word Walls with the best

5 Steps to Create Self-Checking Activities with Google Sheets

Click for a FREE copy! Formative Assessment is an Important Part of Learning I love that education has taken a turn toward standards-based learning! In my early years, everything was grade averages and completion. Nowadays, there’s a greater push toward mastery.  In a perfect world, emphasis is on the learning process, and grades are only assigned once learning has  been completed. Since we don’t need

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