I’m sweating ! I can’t breathe ! It’s soooo hot ! All wonderful phrases I am hearing from my students as here on Long Island we are enduring a heat wave ! How do we get through it ? Plenty of water, five-minute stretch breaks, and answering some Document Based Questions in the computer lab !
As I am teaching summer school, we have been doing lots of prep for the standardized tests. Here in New York State the students must pass a Regents Examination in order to get their “Regents” Diploma. If the students failed the exam in June, they have an opportunity to take it again in August. So..we practice multiple-choice questions and we go over Miss Webb’s “secrets of taking the Regents exam that are not so-secret.” It’s that question that is haunting education in 2013 – are we teaching to the test? Here in summer school, I have to say that yes, we are teaching to the test. For these 16 and 17-year-old students, they “need” to pass this exam. So I spend the summer crunching a year-long curriculum into six weeks. Difficult? Yes. Impossible? Not really. We focus on main ideas and essential questions a day rather than two/three weeks for one unit. It is a daunting task with the ultimate goal of having my students be successful. A topic or idea that they may have not understood during the school year becomes their “aha !” moment for the day. With only a few students in each class I am able to “individualize” their education which is the hot idea of the educational world today.
In my spare time between preparing my lessons for summer school, I have been working on these great products for my teacherspayteachers store ! This week’s focus was the Age of Exploration. Again, my products and lessons are all used in my own classroom so I fully put 100% confidence that they work !
This weekend I plan on working on my lessons and attending this girl’s wedding to the love of her life ! I can’t wait to celebrate with another amazing teacher-blogger !
Check out the Age of Exploration lessons here !
Have a great weekend !