Monthly Archives: April 2015

How to use Algebra Tiles to solve equations

Solving Equations using Algebra Tiles This a a good Common Core YouTube video on using algebra tiles to solve equations .  Check it out.

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Greeting Cards with Multiple Meanings

Making greeting cards takes on a whole new meaning when multiple-meaning words are involved! Discuss with students possible ways that a multiple-meaning word could cause a misunderstanding. Allow volunteers to share their experiences. Next, explain that each child will create … Continue reading

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Name Droppers

Here’s a super simple idea for investigating insect characteristics. Just provide research materials and copies of the form. Then challenge each pair of students to name a different insect for each characteristic listed on the page. When a duo finishes, … Continue reading

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Map Skills

MAP SKILLS Whether your class is studying one specific state or all 50, here’s an independent activity that’s sure to “peak” some interest. Place at a center a supply of paper and a state, country, or world map that is … Continue reading

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Parental Responsibility for Learning

Parental Responsibility for Learning. Education should be a partnership between teachers, family and community.  Unfortunately, the last two have been given a pass, leaving the entire burden on teachers.  During the 28 years that I taught English in the same … Continue reading

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Connecticut Union Offers Proposal to End Common-Core Tests

Connecticut Union Offers Proposal to End Common-Core Tests. The Connecticut chapter of the National Education Association is proposing legislation that would do away with assessments administered by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and replace them with “progress tests,” the union announced March … Continue reading

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Math Consultant: Smarter Balanced Math Tests Have ‘Egregious Flaws’

Math Consultant: Smarter Balanced Math Tests Have ‘Egregious Flaws’. In a recent critique of Smarter Balanced’s online practice tests for mathematics,educational consultant Steven Rasmussen argues that the assessments are “a quagmire of poor technological design, poor interaction design, and poor mathematical design” that … Continue reading

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