I'm a realist. Without a doubt, I have private thoughts about this high-stakes testing world we live in; however, I know why we do it. Parents, educators, and politicians need a measure of student achievement. Yeah, yeah, yeah - I get it. So, even though I have those very private thoughts and feelings about testing our children (and testing, and testing, and testing . . . ), I'm going to do everything in my power to ensure my students are prepared for the most important test of their educational careers - the ACT.
Here are some test taking tips. Please, take the time to read up and rest up. Testing is coming.
For this week's challenge, respond with your best test-taking tips. If you feel like it, set a couple goals on our blog. I've found goal-setting students to be my most successful.
Well, kiddos, it's time to get back into the swing of things. I hope your spring break was amazing! Maybe you'll return tomorrow refreshed and renewed - ready to tackle the last few weeks of school.
Speaking of school (yay!), I'm putting together a mini-unit involving the ties that bind us all. We'll explore some interesting literature, make intense theme connections, review our already-mastered content, and finish out our final few standards. Whew. We have lots of work ahead of us. Can you do it? Will you bring it tomorrow?
As you set your goals for this week, take time to blog. Update your blog space, comment on your peers' writings, and remember to interact with my weekly challenge. This week's challenge came to me while preparing for our next unit. Watch this disturbing news story and read the accompanying article.
1. What do you think about this story?
2. How do you relate to it?
Kimberly Barrett, NBCT, Bachelor of Arts of English, Murray State University, 1996, Master's Degree in English, MSU, 2004
Blessed to teach since 1996, I spend my days doing exactly what I've always wanted to do . . . TEACH. I'm married to the sweetest man alive, Tim, and we have two beautiful babies, Marlee Rose and Beau Wilson.