27 Ways To Assess Background Knowledge

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27 Ways To Assess Background Knowledge

J Ribera‘s insight:

When having large class sizes, and a variety of backgrounds, it is sometimes hard to develop your lessons without having some idea of what your students already understand. I like this quick graphic that may help students open up and help educators assess background knowledge.

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10 Steps for Avoiding Teacher Burnout

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“Why did I want to be a teacher?” We all face burnout, sometimes on a daily basis, and in my case, especially after fourth period. Most of the time, we can pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off, an

J Ribera‘s insight:

It is about that time of year again…These are some good tips to make it through the rest of the year. 

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The Future Without Grades | WGSI.org

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J Ribera‘s insight:

I could really get behind this idea of doing away with the letter grades. I had so many experiences of bright students that had learned that in order to ‘succeed’ in school they only had to do the minimum to get the ‘A.’ I became frustrated with that mentality and began trying my own versions of self-assessment and peer-to-peer grading. I even approached my school councilor on the idea of not giving grades and was given the option to have my classes be pass/fail. Over all I think that it is possible for educators to change this way of grading even though it may take some effort and creativity.

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ProCon.org – Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues

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Pros and cons of controversial issues. Read pro and con arguments for and against topics such as medical marijuana, euthanasia, prostitution, and more

J Ribera‘s insight:

A cool all-in-one site to use for argumentative writing, or class discussion topics. Help students widen their thinking, or at least the way that they go about an argument.

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Free graphic organizers and more.

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Freeology provides totally free resources such as graphic organizers, printable worksheets, notes templates, journal topics, worksheet makers, calendars, classroom posters, clean jokes, and more.

J Ribera‘s insight:

Always good to have a place to find free printouts of graphic organizers, calendars, and other classroom materials.

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