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former teacher of high school mathematics, I understand the day-to-day
frustrations that any teacher might experience, particularly when trying
to teach a subject like mathematics. The first day of class was always
interesting. As teacher, I felt like the enemy who was bringing messages
of death and despair to the students. I could see in many of their faces
how dreaded a subject this truly was. But I would win them over. Yes,
one by one I would quench their fear and instill new hope.
you want to be successful as a teacher—any teacher—you have to
refrain from playing the fear trump card. Unfortunately many math
teachers do this, thinking that this will set the tone for the year and
keep the students in line. This is not the way to go. Remember. You are
on difficult turf. Most students despise math because it frustrates the
heck out of them. They feel hopeless, lost, and confused most of the
time when trying to work through this strange domain of variables,
number systems, and word problems. Instilling fear in them will only
make the problem worse.
Rather, you need to try alternative learning strategies. Now I know
you’ve had this concept rammed down your throats a hundred or more
times and I don’t mean to be like another administrator who forgot
what it was like to be in the classroom. The truth is you can only lead
a horse to water—you know the rest. So what kind of alternative
strategies do you try? After all, you’re dealing with teenagers whose
racing hormones keep their thoughts grounded on things other than math,
English, and social studies.
What about integrating two different subjects, the so called “cross
learning” approach. What about integrating math and English through
the use of poetry. Now this definitely sounds interesting. What if you
could open a lesson by reading a poem on mathematics which teaches a
lesson on the subject, or gives some good food for thought? By taking
this approach, you’re getting away from the textbook for at least a
day and integrating a completely new approach to learning this dreaded
subject. Moreover, you’re getting the kids to learn something about
reading poetry as well. Could you see the startled expressions on their
English teachers’ faces when they find out what’s going on in your
math classroom? Now this is an idea that you can take to the bank—the
is a prolific writer of self-help and educational material and
an award-winning former teacher of both college and high
school mathematics. Under the penname, JC Page, Joe authored
Arithmetic Magic. As a result of this publication, Joe was
invited to be a guest on the television show the Book
Authority. Joe is also author of the charmingly pithy and
popular ebook, Making a Good Impression Every Time: The Secret
to Instant Popularity; the seminal collection of verse, Poems
for the Mathematically Insecure, and the creator and
scriptwriter of an upcoming DVD series that is both visionary
and highly educational. The diverse genre of his writings
(novel, short story, essay, script, and poetry)—particularly
in regard to its educational flavor— continues to captivate
readers and to earn him recognition.
propagates his teaching philosophy through his articles and
books and is dedicated to helping educate children living in
impoverished countries. Toward this end, he donates a portion
of the proceeds from the sale of every ebook. Joe makes
himself available for speaking, consulting, teaching and
inspiration. For more information on Joe, his teaching style,
as well as information on how to purchase his books or other
writings, please visit his website www.mathbyjoe.com.
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Using Photography To Inspire
By Hank Kellner
is Alive and Well
A veteran of the Korean War, Hank Kellner is a retired educator
who has served as an English Department chairperson at the high
school level and an adjunct Associate Professor of English at
the community college level.
For several years he published "Kellner's
Moneygram", a newsletter for photographers. He also
owned and operated Simmer Pot Press, a small press specializing
in cookbooks, for several years.
Kellner is the creator of many photographs and articles that
appeared in publications nationwide; the author of extensive
reading comprehension materials for a publisher of educational
materials, and a former contributing editor to Darkroom
Photography magazine. His current publication is Write
What You See: 99 Photos To Inspire Writing (Cottonwood
Press, due out January, 2009)
Born in New York City, Kellner now lives in Winston-Salem,
North Carolina. Visit his blog at hank-englisheducation.blogspot.com.
To date I've received more than 100 poems for possible inclusion
in my upcoming anthology, Reflections. Submitted by
teachers, students, and others, these poems range from pithy
haiku to eloquent odes. Here's a poem I received from
eighteen-year-old Rose Scherlis, a student at Beacon High
School, Newton, Massachusetts. Her teacher is Doug Holder.
In addition to
"Skateboarding," Rose submitted two other poems
titled "The Dog with No Name" and "The First
If you would like to
submit poems for consideration, please contact me at
hankpix(at)yahoo(dot)com for guidelines. I welcome submissions
from students, teachers, and others.
By the way,
Reflections isn't one of those
buy-the-book-after-we-publish-it deals. Rather, it's an
anthology designed to be used in the classroom. My goal is to
provide a series of poems and photos that will serve as
inspiration for class discussions and follow up writing
Sometimes I skate,
Glide, soar, weave, jump,
Duck under heavy, mournful branches
Decorated in fragile autumn leaves
Like so many brilliant orange faeries
Until I reach my destination:
An abandoned bridge to read under,
A coffee shop or candy shop,
Or just an empty lot to carve across.
Sometimes I skate
As fast as I possibly can
Until the world blurs into a colorful blend
Of distractions, possibilities, ideas.
Until day turns to night and,
Sunsets sparkle across the horizon like
Vivid necklaces of pink and red.
Until I lose track of time,
Lose track of everything,
Lose track of myself.
Sometimes I skate.
Alive And Well
Judging by the many excellent submissions I've
received for possible inclusion in my upcoming
anthology, poetry is alive and well in the nation's
Here's an example by
eighteen-year-old Kristen Dawn Wilson, a student at
Allen County Scottsville High School, Scottsville,
Kentucky. Kristen's teacher is Lisa Logsdon. The
photograph is by Julia Stein, a recent graduate of Blake
High School, Silver Spring, Maryland. Julia's teacher is
I was trapped there.
Trapped in the nothingness.
Trapped behind the walls
that were built to guard my heart.
I was my own prisoner,
ignoring my own screams,
lost in a fictional land,
trapped in disillusioning dreams.
Last night I awoke
from the fire in my soul,
and each thought fed the flame.
The walls had to go.
With my bare hands.
with my healing heart,
with this new anger,
I tore those damn walls apart.
Now I feel.
Now I weep.
Now I scream.
Now I run.
Now I fly.
Now I escape,
ridding myself of both
sorrow and hate.
2009 Hank Kellner
These poem/photo combinations are from
Hank Kellner's upcoming publication, Reflections: A Collection of Poetry, Photos, and
Kellner is the author of
Write What You See: 99 Photos To Inspire Writing. Published by Cottonwood Press ( I-800-864-4297)
and distributed by Independent
Publishers Group, Write What You See includes a supplementary CD with photos. 8 ½ x11,
120 pages, perfect binding, ISBN 978-1-877-673-83-2, LCCN
2008938630. $24.95. Available at bookstores, from the publisher,
and on the Internet at www.amazon.com and
your school or local librarian to order it.Visit the author’s
blog at http://hank-englisheducation.com.
The author will contribute a portion of the royalties earned
from the sale of this book to The Wounded Warriors Project.
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are six modules designed to test the basic ability of an
individual in terms of Memory & Concentration. Needless to
say this is the most important basic skill for not just to
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Each of the six modules tests the six variants of Memory &
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of these modules runs at three different levels, from easy to
At each level, the individual's performance is depicted as
A feedback has been built into the software for all these 18
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Each individual can assess his/her performance any time by
clicking on "history", which gives complete details
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software package is specifically designed to help young
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the Administrator's Desk:
Leadership for Today's Administrators
The Danger of Standing
in the Middle of the Road
Judge, Educational Consultant
is a Affiliate Professor with Grand Valley State
University. Prior to this he was a High School principal at L'Anse ,
Kalkaska and Royal Oak for a total of 25 years. During his tenure in education
he has observed many changes and has had the opportunity to work with many outstanding teachers in Northern Michigan.
His position with Grand Valley is to work with educators on
leadership and writing articles on leadership for all educators.
Have you ever heard the saying, “When you stand in the middle of the road you get hit from both
We all try to receive input in making a decision. We have parent advisory groups, school
improvement teams, student councils and building faculty committees. But the responsibility
ultimately falls on you, the building principal.
I have observed administrators who continually cannot reach a decision on an
item and continually put it off. During my experiences as an an administrator I have found it necessary
to let people know how I stand on a item. Regardless of how many people
are involved in a decision, it is your responsibility for the consequences.
There are some items that can take time before a decision is
reached; some other decisions must be made on the spot where a committee is readily
unavailable. On these decisions you cannot waiver back and forth, you must make a decision on the spot based on
your knowledge and experiences.
When you find yourself in the middle of the road look both ways and get on one side or the other.
When you do make decisions, take responsibility for your decision and
you will find yourself on the right side of the road.
| Grand Valley offers a Masters in Educational Leadership in Boyne City and Cadillac. If you would like to find out more about our program feel free to contact me
or call me at 231-258-2935.
Many of the topics we will present will be for teachers seeking and administration position and for recently appointed administration. I will also receive comments from those who have just completed their first year as administrators. Since the program in Northern began eleven years ago we have placed over 60 GVSU graduates in administration positions.
For The Things They Don't Teach You In College
Duties of a Responsible Teacher
by Munir Moosa Sewani
Moosa Sewani is one of the most famous, prominent and creative
names in the field of Education for the past 9 years. He is a
Master Trainer In Special Education, Post Graduate, Teacher
Educator and a Teacher. He is a Freelance Writer and
Photographer, in addition to his role as a featured writer for
StarTeaching's newsletter for nearly four years now. He is an
author of the famous self-published storybook for children
titled "The MORAL STORIES FOR CHILDREN" and has also
written a Biology book for Secondary Classes. He has written
more than 75 articles dealing with social, health, educational
and cultural issues, which are internationally recognized and
published in famous world wide websites, newsletters, magazines
is also a Social worker, private tutor, career counselor,
musician, lyrics writer and have multi- dimensional talents. His
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Teachers are the leaders of every nation. They are the
role model of their students. Their responsibilities towards their
profession are increasing day by day, as students are highly concerned
about what is taught to them by their teachers. Teachers are the only
one, who molds the future of their students by imparting quality
in the field of teaching is not a cup of tea for every one. Only
those can survive in this profession, who are responsible and
understands their duties and performs it effectively.
are no doubt willing to enhance their teaching skills all the time, but
they have some responsibilities towards this profession too.
professional, every individual teacher should perform their duties with
loyalty and sincerity.
of the responsibilities being a teacher, which I have learnt in my
teaching experience is given below:
They should help in developing the school curriculum.
A teacher should assess, record and report on the work of
pupils on weekly/montly basis.
It’s the responsibility of a teacher to have an
interactive discussion with every student family in order to know child
A teacher should prepare pupils for examinations and grade
A teacher should be punctual in school.
A teacher should provide advice and guidance to pupils on
issues related to their education.
A teacher should maintain class diary and lesson plan
A teacher should convey all the issues related to their
students with the heads.
A teacher should allocate activity budget effectively.
A teacher should check ups and down in the progress of
their students time to time.
They should Promote and safeguard the health, welfare and
safety of pupils.
They should take continuous training for their
They should always be ready to face liabilities without
any hesitation as they are accountable to their heads, which is the part
of teaching profession.
A teacher should contribute towards good order and the
wider needs of the school.
A teacher is responsible for the leadership, good
management and strategic direction of colleagues.
A responsible teacher should try to teacher their children
according to their level of understanding.
An effective teacher should communicate properly with
their staff members and students.
A responsible teacher should give extra time to their
teaching. If any student needs help then he/she should try to help their
student individually after school hours.
A responsible teacher designs extra curricular activities,
which suits the student ideas and explore student’s creativity.
A responsible teacher should practice what they preach.
Teachers have a responsibility to work co-operatively with
colleagues and others to pursue the overall objectives of the service.
A teacher should give additional time for the preparation
of their lesson plans and must be pre-planned a day before teaching it
A teacher should attend every parents meeting’s and
should first negotiate the positive and then some negative aspects of
the student, without any concealment.
They should forward and share their pre-planning materials
with the other class teacher without any hesitation.
A teacher should use their professional judgment in
relation to the prioritization of tasks.
Teachers have a right and a responsibility to contribute
to the development of a quality service. They have a professional
commitment to develop their skills and expertise in classroom practice
and other related matters through an agreed program of continuing
A teacher should document and maintains
pupil’s disciplinary records as well.
A teacher should not shift their job until student’s
final term examination ends.
but not the least,
the teachers should take this noble profession seriously, because the
rein of future is in their hands. They are the one who prepares leaders
for the future generation to raise our country head internationally.”
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The Apple iPod As A Great
Learning and Resource Tool
By Ken Cheong
There is no doubt that the Apple iPod has
become a common item amongst today's youth as a great music
player. But is the iPod more than just a music player?
In fact, the iPod is more than a music player. It is also a great
teaching and learning tool as well. And it is guaranteed to help you
Besides music, the iPod also plays audio books. These are essentially
books that has been converted into a audio format and saved as a MP3
file. From a technical angle, there is no difference in the file format
between a music or a book and you can download and play the same audio
book off your computer or your iPod. This opens you to a whole library
of 'books' for your iPod.
These can include many great books found in public domains and
downloaded for free. There are also many good commercial 'books' that
you can purchase for a small price. These audio books are great as you
can play them over and over again in the car, on the train or even on
the plane. It's a good way to kill time and gain knowledge at the same
The best thing about audio books is that you do not need to read. Let
the book read to you and this can be a great enhancement for learning
while driving or while sitting in a shaky bus or train.
Have you also heard of podcasting? If you have not, these are simply
audio files published by individuals or companies covering interest
topics ranging from music, technology, current affairs, news, politics,
cars, sales and marketing, electronics, fashion to many other
interesting niche areas.
They then put up these audio files in certain podcast stations on the
Most podcast are free and you can download and treat them just like
audio books. Similarly, you can subscribe and organize these podcast on
your computer iTunes and then synchronize them to your iPod. It's also a
great way to gain knowledge while driving or taking transport to school
What is gaining fast popularity today is video podcast. Video podcast
are essentially video files that can be downloaded and again, it covers
a great genre of subject. (As a matter of fact, I am learning about
designing my own podcast by watching a video podcast of this subject.)
However, you can only watch a video podcast on your computer or on
the latest iPod video model. All earlier models of iPod will not be
capable of playing video. With the iPod video, you can also output the
video signal to a normal TV and watch the entire podcast on TV as well.
What's more, you can watch them, stop them, rewind them or repeat
these audio or video podcasts as often as you like. What better way to
So who says that iPods are meant for music only?
Ken Cheong / Katherine Xie have 4 iPods
starting from the 2G model. Katherine runs a popular website, http://www.smart-ipod-ideas.com,
that gives tips on iPods as well as showcase quality iPod
accessories from Japan.
Mark Benn earned his B.S. from Western
Michigan University and his Elementary Certification from
Northern Michigan University. He is a 21 year teaching
veteran of 5th and 6th grade students at Inland Lakes Middle
School in Indian River, MI. He is currently working on
Masters of Integration of Technology from Walden University.
Prior to teaching, Mark spent 11 years as Department Manager for
Sears, Roebuck and Co. dealing with emerging technologies.
He has been married to his wife Bonnietta for 32 years with one
daughter and two sons. In the summers, Mark works for
Mackinac State Historic Parks in the as a historical
|StarTeaching Featured Writer
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in the classroom.
You can feel free to contact him on email
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Practices at the Elementary School
Former Elementary Principal
elementary is great! As the former principal, I took great pride
in the diversity of instructional methods used by my teachers.
In the consideration of hiring practices it is always important to
remember that each principal seeks different characteristics in their
candidates. The thing to remember about me is that first and foremost, I
am considered a risk taker: I like to try new ideas, I really do not
think there is one correct way to solve a problem, and I am a woman.
With these parameters set, I will attempt to answer a few questions.
What do I look for in a potential teacher?
Remember that in most schools there is no single person who screens
potential candidates. The interview team scores each candidate on
selected criteria. In our school this criteria is appearance,
friendliness, poise-stability, personality, conversational ability,
alertness, information about work field, experience and drive.
Appearance means well groomed, neatly
dressed and minimal perfumes, you never know who may be allergic to your
favorite fragrance. For friendliness strive for the medium, warm but not
too overwhelming. Poise means surety of oneself; ask questions
when you do not understand, and answer every question to the best of you
ability. For the best conversational ability score stay on the point and
show some emotion. Show alertness by being well rested, listen carefully
to what is said, and avoid redundancy.
the consideration of hiring practices it is always important
to remember that each principal seeks different
characteristics in their candidates."
field work knowledge be honest, but answer each question with
a reference to what you have experienced. This shows the
ability to apply what you know to new situations.
It also recalls your actual experiences
to the interviewers' minds. Drive is your opportunity to call attention
to how much you have achieved and demonstrates your goal setting
ability. You are expected to be nervous, but confident in your own
What is the hiring process for this school
At the elementary, teacher hiring is done
by a committee of teachers from the same grade level as the position to
be filled. This committee is facilitated by the principal who will act
as a tie breaker if necessary. Questions are decided upon before the
interview, based on the interests of the committee.
|All the candidates
are asked the same questions, but each separate position may
have different questions. Candidates are screened using their
resumes and any background knowledge we may have.
cannot predetermine what someone wants, so let your resume
tell the best story about you, as simply as possible."
drop your resume off at the principal's office and ask to meet her/him,
as it helps to have a face to put with the name. Initial interviews are
scheduled for one day, with follow-up interviews within the next two
days. When the committee has chosen a final candidate, references have
been checked, and the candidate has given assurance of employability,
then a final interview is scheduled with the superintendent.
What do I look for in a resume?
Personally, I like the KIS method. Keep
It Simple! I have seen some fabulous resumes, but I still check
references. The interview is the main hiring technique, and always will
be. You cannot predetermine what someone wants, so let your resume tell
the best story about you, as simply as possible. When a principal has
200 resumes to go through, longer is not better! Tell about your
experiences and what makes you the best person for a teaching position.
Portfolios are another controversial item. Always bring your portfolio
to an interview, however, do not be insulted if there is not time to
look at it. Initial interviews do not allow much time, and your spoken
word gives the committee more information about you.
Education/experience needed for this position?
As a new candidate it is always hard to
hear that experience is the best teacher. Get into classrooms as often
as you can, in as many different situations as you can. Find out about
yourself as a teacher by comparing "your way" of
teaching to everyone else's way. Remember teaching is a very personal
work. If your way does not fit into the school where there is an
opening, believe me, you really do not want to teach there. 'Highly
Qualified' just about guarantees an adequate education, but experience
shows the application of that education. Remember, this is my opinion! I
have met committee members who check grades and universities, I am just
more experience orientated.
Why should students attend school in my
This elementary is great! As the
principal I take great pride in the diversity of instructional methods
used by the teachers here. At each grade level your student can find a
match for his/her personality and learning style. As a staff we care
about the individual child and their family. We welcome parents into our
school and appreciate the chance to work with the family in the
education of their children. The staff is highly qualified, including
our aides, and all stay abreast of new instructional methods.
|Never let anyone
tell you that teaching is easy. With luck you will have around
twenty children who rely on you for their acquisition of
take each child from where they are academically and help them
move forward is the reward of teaching"
More important they rely on you to form
much of their academic self-confidence. They each have their own
different way of assimilating knowledge. Their brain growth is at
different points, and they come to school with different attitudes
toward the educational process. They are not miniature adults, nor do
they act or learn like adults. To expect that is to fail in education.
to take each child from where they are academically and help them move
forward is the reward of teaching. The reward is in satisfaction, not in
Accreditation of Certified
Organizations which certify
third parties against many official standards are themselves formally
accredited by the standards bodies, hence they are sometimes known as
"accredited certification bodies". The accreditation process
ensures that their certification practices are acceptable i.e. they are
competent to test and certify third parties, behave ethically, employ
suitable quality assurance and other measures etc.
Examples include accredited
test laboratories and certification specialists that are permitted to
issue official certificates of compliance with physical, chemical,
forensic, quality, security or other standards.
Without accreditation, anyone
would be able to issue certificates and bad practices or incompetence
might discredit the certification process as a whole. The flip side, of
course, is that accreditation and formal processes incur additional
There are 52 recognized
national accrediting bodies. The national accreditors include a variety
of religious, professional, and vocational accreditors, and get their
name from their common policy of accrediting schools nationwide or even
worldwide. Requirements for accreditation vary from each national
accreditor according to the specialty.
In general terms, the national
accreditators may be divided into those that accredit academic programs
leading to a degree, those that accredit vocational programs leading to
preparation for a career, and those that offer specialized and
professional accreditation as an add-on to other accreditation.
The major national accreditors
for academic programs include the Distance Education and Training
Council (DETC) for nationally accredited distant learning institutions,
and the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.
Accreditation bodies for
institutions that focus on developing career-oriented skills include the
Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of
Technology(ACCSCT), Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and
Training, Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of
Technology, Council on Occupational Education.
Of the specialized and
professional accreditors, the most visible is perhaps American Dental
Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation. Also prominent among
the specialized accreditors is the American Bar Association because its
accreditation is a prerequisite to sitting for the bar exam in all of
the states except California. Next would probably be the Association of
American Medical Colleges for medical schools, and The Association to
Advance Collegiate Schools of Business for business schools.
Religious schools may seek
regional accreditation or a secular national accreditation, or they have
the option of four different specialized agencies, which include
Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools (AARTS),
Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS),
Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), and Transnational
Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). These groups
specialize in accrediting theological and religious schools including
seminaries and graduate schools of theology, as well as
"normal" universities, which teach from a religious viewpoint
and may require students and/or faculty to subscribe to a Statement of
Look for more in part 3 of this series!
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Based upon both mythology and alleged real stories of the
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Spanning the decades and the geography of the
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terrifying encounter in the U.P.’s remote
begun as one man’s therapy, becomes a chronicle of sightings
governmental agent investigates the grisly aftermath of Sigma
family meets more than they expected on the trail north
campfire tale of ancient betrayal handed down through the Omeena
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A CLASS SET
A Place for Teachers New To The Craft
The closing activity for your
class is just as important as the opening activity.
Opening your lesson is always important to focus
your students for class. And a good wrap up activity is great for
summarizing and closing your lesson. Early on in my teaching career, I
focused on teaching 'coast to coast', right up until the end of the
hour. Often my lessons ran until the bitter end, with students
scrambling to pack up and rushing to their next class. Later on (as I
got better) I began using wrap ups to close the lesson, summarize what
the students learned, and provide a launching pad to the next day's
In English class, for example, the students will often complete short
writing assignments as 'tickets out the door'. I've included a few short
prompts at the end of this article that you can use (or feel free to
adapt) in your own class. Some prompts take the form of short
paragraphs, some are in the form of a quiz designed by the kids, and we
even have some that are in a creative writing style.
Wrap-ups can take many forms. There are some teachers who simply ask
questions of the class before students are released. If a student
answers correctly, that student is allowed to pack up and perhaps even
leave (depending on your school's policies). After a few questions,
allow the remainder of the students to go on the next correct answer.
You can take volunteers for the answers or use a random choice
Other teachers choose to have students write before they leave. Short
writing prompts are great. These should only last a few minutes, and be
easy for you to grade/correct/take credit if you choose to. An easy way
to check the writing is by length - a certain number of required words
or lines. Some writings take the form of answers to questions, so you
can check the number of correct responses. Another powerful way is to
have students create their own questions in the form of short quizzes.
Students can make up true/false, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blanks,
short answer, or other types of quizzes. Always have students
include the answers.
There are even games you can play with your students as wrap ups.
Some store-bought games can easily be adapted and fit to your classroom.
Simply change the game data by inserting your own questions and class
curricular information. You might even create and develop your own games
to play in class. As always, remember to factor time into your activity.
You'll be able to get to only a few students in the time you have, so
create a plan to randomly choose students or keep track of who has
already participated. That way every student has an equal opportunity to
Wrap-ups can be easy to design and implement in your class. And your
students can have fun too using their creativity. The teacher must make
a commitment to doing these every day. Then the procedure is in place
for students and teacher alike. Wrap-ups are great for reviewing class
material not only that day but over past classes. And they make an
excellent transition to the next class.
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