Author: Sensory Edge

8 Classroom Tasks Teachers Should Stop Doing for Their Students

Sometimes a teacher has to step aside and let students do things for themselves. One example of this is cleaning up. It may go faster when the teacher does it, but it’s better for children to take responsibility and clean up after themselves. Another example is tying shoes. Younger kids may not be good at it, but they need the practice. As an adult, you may feel like you have to solve disagreements among kids, but in actuality, they need to figure out how to resolve conflicts themselves. In the long run, children will benefit from the independence learned in your classroom. Key Takeaways: Students should be placed in charge of distributing classroom papers and materials whenever possible. Require students to clean up after themselves and the class in general on a daily basis. Have a supply of simple first aid items like bandages and teach the older kids how to apply them themselves. “But completing classroom tasks that students can do themselves often defeats the purpose. We end up keeping kids from learning strategies to complete these tasks for themselves.” Read more:...

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Want a Better Assessment? Start by Asking the Right Question.

Students who are currently enrolled in K-12 programs will be met with year-end assessments in order to evaluate their knowledge that has been gathered throughout the school year. Unfortunately, these test often yield inaccurate results due to schools using high-pressure tactics and difficult exams. Experts such as Arthur VanderVeen, president of a nonprofit assessment firm, claim that catering these exams to each individual student’s learning style would produce higher scores that reflect the school in a much more positive light. Key Takeaways: We need to ask what we want from testing, in order to achieve that goal. Summative testing, and custom testing designed to achieve our goal of personalized results, are key to success. States are determining the role testing has, changing policies, and taking action on it. “Together, we can build systems of assessment that are personalized to the needs of individual students, that inform instruction and that reliably measure student learning in support of equity.” Read more:...

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