Teachers and Parents: What to do when Instructional Time is lost.
Teachers: Create a plan to strategically cover material student are weak in (based on data) and/or material that is high priority that you have not had an opportunity to cover.
Parents: Provide support by making sure students are taking at least fifteen minutes a day or so, to read over review material.
When time is loss, I suggest first, going to the test specs for the state course exams and identifying the highest priority, priority and low priority standards. Test specs typically list these by percentage.
English III Example:
If this is your test specs, the highest priority would be Reading for Literature, priority would be Reading for Informational Text and Language would be a low priority. Next to the domain is the standards. If you have a short time to cover a lot of material, you would need to go to your testing bank, and select ALL of the questions from the “Standards” listed next to the domain/topic.
The Review Assignment
Using the Highest Priority, and Priority framework, go into your test bank, it will vary depending on where you live, and chose the specific standards that were represented, and create an assessment.
Save the assessment as a PDF or Word Document, then highlight the correct answers.
Next, provide instructions at the top of the sheet for students stating they have to complete two items per question in order to receive full credit for each question.
The Two Items
First, they had to identify and define any key term/person/event listed in the question.
Second, they needed to give a brief explanation on why the answer is correct, based on the concept of the question.
**Again, this review could take up to three class days depending on the amount of questions you choose but you would be able to cover a lot of material while providing students with a study guide!
It is a little rigorous but will allow students to read through and research the standards that have not covered. During the time in class, teacher would be free to catch up on things while being available for any questions students may have in case they come across something they don’t understand.
In conclusion, parents, if a teacher should send material home over break, it would be great if you could make sure your precious child is reviewing the material, so that it would remain fresh in their minds!