Tag Archive: Secondary Teaching Tips

Oct 23

Teaching Tip: Student Feud

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I am always looking to come up with a new study game for the students to use.  After 12 years of teaching the same subject a little variety becomes the spice of life.  Jeopardy is an oldie but goodie though it has been done to death.   I have used 1 vs class to some success.  …

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Apr 23

Teaching Tip: Two Keys to Standardized Testing Success

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Another year in the book, well in the terms of my particular state my end of instruction standardized test that my class took two weeks ago now I only have 7 weeks of school left to teach… something.  Based on the raw scores my students were very successful passing their test at roughly an 80% rate, scoring a …

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Apr 03

Teacher Tip: Dealing with Frustration


The biggest highlight of teaching is seeing how much the students improve throughout the year.  Also the lowest moment of teaching is seeing some of the students not improve as much as you would like.  When they do not improve or attempt to improve the frustration level of the job rises to almost unbearable proportions. …

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Mar 01

Teaching Tip: Current Events is a great Teaching Tool

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Teaching Tip: Current Events is a great Teaching Tool As a history teacher doing battle every day trying to get students to care about the past when they are so busy tweeting, doing status updates, and sending 100s of text messages per hour on their cellphones getting them to care about the past can be …

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Jan 31

Teaching Tip: Importance of Building Vocabulary


I have noticed in my teaching that it seems we keep going around an issue and never solving it.  I know the students who do well in my class have a better working vocabulary than those who do poorly.  I cognitively try to use as much testing language as I can throughout the day to help …

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Jan 24

Teaching Tip: Be Creative with your Bell Ringers

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One of my favorite things to do as a teacher is learn about my students find out what makes them tick.  Since the great push towards standardized testing each year there seems to be a little less time getting to know the students and more time hammering the material, prepping for the tests, and teaching …

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Jan 10

Teaching Tip: Quick Easy Review for Better Test Scores

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Quick Easy Review for Better Test Scores via In this day and age in teaching I am always looking for ways to help my students increase their standardized test scores not only for their sake but mine as well.  Like most states the one I work in has a list of tests for students to …

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Oct 25

Teaching Tip: One vs. the Class a Great Study Game


Teaching Tip: One vs. the Class a Great Study Game On my way to work a few years ago I was trying to come up with something for my students to do.  Now normally this type of school planning is not ideal or recommended, but from time to time it does happen.  In this particular …

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Sep 06

Teaching Tip: Use Quizlet


For a couple of years now I have been giving my students the opportunity to use a website called Quizlet to help them study for tests.  Working in a low economic area the majority of my students were not able to take advantage of it but I still pushed ahead because if it could at …

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Aug 02

Teaching Tip: Ask Yourself One Question

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Teaching Tip: Ask Yourself One Question It seems that whenever I am in meetings or talking to other teachers one of the first things and last things to come up is testing.  What can we do to improve schools scores, children’s retention rates, and raise all students’ achievement levels which are noble goals, but sometimes …

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