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Teacher and Parents: What to do when Instructional Time is lost.

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.

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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:

English III Test Specs

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.

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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.

Example:

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**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!

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15 Summer Activities for Students

Happy Summer Everyone!

Two weeks ago, I shared some summer activities at a District PTA meeting and wanted to list them here. If you have other ideas to share, leave them in the comment box  🙂

1. Summer Reading Clubs (Local libraries)

2. Summer Activity Books (15 minutes a day)

3. Tutoring in weak subject areas.

4. Educational Games (Quality)

5. Read a play aloud (This could be a great family activity)

6. Go to local museums and have child prepare a short presentation of things they have learned. (Should have a notebook while at the museum)

7. Start a family or neighborhood book club. Choose a book and talk about it. (Promotes reading comprehension)

8. Check out summer classes at Cape Fear Botanical Garden and other nonprofit organizations.

9. Conduct an interview. Child could come up with questions and conduct an interview of grandparents, parents, guardian, aunts, and/or uncles. (Find out what they were like from child to adulthood)

10. Take up reenacting. (Child could choose an historical event or figure and come up with a way to recite or reenact a part of their story)

11. Have child take up an Art, Cooking Gardening or Photography Lesson. (Never know when a hobby could turn into a profession)

12. Have your child design their own bedroom, within reason of course. https://www.hgtv.com/design/rooms/kid-rooms/10-decorating-ideas-for-kids-rooms

13. Sign up for activities at the nearest Parks and Recreational Center or Library. (Low cost or FREE)

14. Create a game. (Digital or Board) This would promote a high level of critical thinking and problem solving skills.

15. Head to the beach, take pictures and create a memory book. Relax, roast marshmallows and enjoy the waves. *Do not forget the sunscreen*

Summer Learning:

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