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NAACP joins fight against Keystone Exams

NAACP joins fight against Keystone Exams | Aspect 2 and 3 | Scoop.it
The Pennsylvania State Conference of NAACP Branches became the latest group to oppose the use of state exams as graduation requirements, arguing they are a human rights violation that denies students the opportunity to develop their potential.
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Aspect 3 Paraphrase 10: The NAACP Opposes the keystone exams, in the aspect that it keeps young high school students from graduating if they were to fail it. They stated it was quote "they are a human rights violation that denies students the opportunity to develop their potential."  They also stated that "One examination cannot identify whether or not a human being has learned well. One test cannot do that. Some people don't do well on paper and pencil tests, but they can demonstrate knowledge and they can use the information." The NAACP Attempted to stop the widespread keystone tests but got no where with opposing it.

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More parents opting kids out of standardized tests

More parents opting kids out of standardized tests | Aspect 2 and 3 | Scoop.it
DELAWARE TOWNSHIP, N.J.
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Aspect 3 Paraphrase 7: In many different states parents are taking their kids out of school during standardized testing, and the schools are allowing them to do so. When Interviewing these parents they found that the parents dislike all the stress it puts on their kids and they feel that the childs time is being wasted due to many of the main classes and lessons being skipped over just to study and practice for standardized testing. There is now even a movement started that is called the Opt Out Movement, and it has moved from simple petitions to social media and it is constantly on the rise.

 

Aspect 3 Paraphrase 8: Many people are joining the Opt Out Movement not only for the sake of students but for the sake of teachers, when one woman was interviewed she stated "I'm just opposed to the way high-stakes testing is being used to evaluate teachers, the way it's being used to define what's happening in classrooms." For all the people that have been protesting and keeping their kids from testing there have been very few punishments or consequences served or distributed if any.

 

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Standardized school tests stress students and system | Toronto Star

Standardized school tests stress students and system | Toronto Star | Aspect 2 and 3 | Scoop.it
It is not clear whether the EQAO tests in Grades 3, 6, 9 and 10 offer a net improvement for education in Ontario.
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Aspect 3 Paraphrase 5: Alot of places take different standardized tests than we are used to, for example in Ontario they take a test called the Education Quality Accountability  Office, and it focuses on grades 3 and 6. This one test alone cost 33 million dollars annually, and there are tons of different tests in each state and there are 50 states so you figure we are spending a couple billion dollars every year. When Interviewing over 200 teachers in the Ontario area they say that there are 3 main problems with the testing, one being they have alot less time to focus on the main lessons and the corriculum.

The second thing is that the method in which standardized testing has to be taught in is very droll and basic which leads to kids being bored and teachers not having much flexibility in the lesson.

The Third is teachers noticed that children were being very scared and having anxiety when faced with these tests, a high rate of kids vomited when handing in their tests also which was from stress the worst of these cases was from kids in english who had trouble reading and writing.

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Teaching Resources - The First Day

The University of Oregon's Teaching Effectiveness Program (TEP) works with educators to assess and improve teaching. TEP provides assitance with setting up midterm analysis of teaching, videotaping assessments, consultations, library search services, using technology, and teaching portfolio assistance to the UO academic community. TEP also maintains an extensive library of education resources, many of which are available online.
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Aspect 2 Paraphrase 10: On your first day make sure you are prepared and come early to your class in order to set everything up.

Make sure you speak loudly and confidently in order to show the class you are in charge but you are also a kind person. Make sure you introduce yourself, and introduce students to other students. Make sure you go over what you will be learning in the class and the syllabus.

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3 Simple Strategies To Get Your Students To Pay Attention — Smart Classroom Management

3 Simple Strategies To Get Your Students To Pay Attention — Smart Classroom Management | Aspect 2 and 3 | Scoop.it
It’s one of the great challenges of teaching. How do you compete with the distractions of a modern student’s life? How do you interest them in what you’re offering when their entertainment options are so immediate, so exciting, and so […]
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Aspect 2 paraphrase 6: To get your students full attention at the begining of a lesson have them do a quick fun excersize activity such as jumping jacks or stretching, just to get their attention and so they settle down and also its a good ice breaker for the day.

 

Aspect 2 Paraphrase 7: Telling a personal story or a story that you know of about a thing, person, or historical event is a good way to keep your students attention, because alot of the time they can relate to what you are saying and they are better entertained and familiar with something a little closer to home.

 

 

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Writing Effective Lesson Plans - Promethean Planet

Writing Effective Lesson Plans - Promethean Planet | Aspect 2 and 3 | Scoop.it
Each teacher needs a solid lesson plan in order to be successful in the classroom. Get our free advice on how to write effective lesson plans.
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Aspect 2 Paraphrase: To create a good lesson plan that works for you and your students you must be prepared, you can make lesson plans by writing them out or online but whatever you do make sure you incorporate your own teaching method and abilities in it and put things interesting that the students will understand and remember.

Lesson plans have three crucial components just like an essay, an introduction the body, and the conclusion.

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Keystone Exams / Graduation Requirements

Keystone Exams / Graduation Requirements | Aspect 2 and 3 | Scoop.it
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Aspect 3 paraphrase 9: The Keystone exams are the exams that were put in place in pennsylvania, to test students to see how they do reading writing math and science. The younger kids still have to do the PSSA's helping them prepare and get ready for the keystone exams when they get in their high school years. When the kids get to grade 11 they are to take the keystones and it basically covers biology algebra and literature and it determines whether the kids will graduate or not.

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Are we stressing out our kids?

Are we stressing out our kids? | Aspect 2 and 3 | Scoop.it
Stressed out, over-scheduled, hurried: These words are often used to describe children these days.
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Aspect 3 Paraphrase 6: Standford School Of Medicine recently did a study and found that most kids say that the leading cause of stress is Standardized Testing or some other form of testing in a large proportion. The result of so many standardized tests has led to alot of homework for the younger kids in kindergarten through fifth grade creating uneeded and unneccesary stress on them. And in some states standardized tests control students lives, for example in some states such as texas and florida the kids need to pass a test in order to advance into the next grade and that puts alot of stress on kids to achieve that goal.

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Standardized Tests - ProCon.org

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Is the use of standardized tests improving education in America? Read pros and cons in the debate.
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Aspect 3 Paraphrase 1: Standardized testing has been around for a while, but it began to come about again in 2002 when George Bush passed the no child left behind act. Most of the reasoning behind standardized testing is so that kids understand things better and the government knows that the taxes that we and they pay is going into the school for the purposes of kids gaining knowledge, so bad test scores effects the district, students, principles, and teachers, but not only them first hand it also effects the funding the school gets from the government and when this comes into play schools take these tests way to seriously putting pressure on everyone including students and teachers.

 

Aspect 3 Paraphrase 2: Tests are not only stressful but they are very costly to schools and tax payers dollars,  before the act of no child left behind was passed states payed only about 400 million on testing then after the law was passed over the next 6 years that number climbed to an estimated 1.1 billion dollars and the number continues to climb.

 

Aspect 3 Paraphrase 3: Pros and Cons of Standardized Testing.

Cons: Before the law was passed we were 18th in the world for our math scores and 6 years after the law had passed we dropped to 31st in the world. Science faced a similar drop and reading stayed the same, and thats not very effective especially from the money we are spending on it. These tests are also ineffective on people that struggle with reading, have learning disabilities and that have special needs. The Center of Education did a study and it said that 40% of schools were dropping things in social studies, sciences, and the arts just to make room for practice of standardized testing.

 

Aspect 3 Paraphrase 4: Pros- The tests help to measure each childs level of education, especially when all the questions are similar or the same for each test that all the students take. China is almost number one in the world in education and they enforce standardized testing also. The Center For Public Affairs Research sais that 75% of parents are okay with kids testing.

 

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Teaching Resources - Making a Lesson Plan

The University of Oregon's Teaching Effectiveness Program (TEP) works with educators to assess and improve teaching. TEP provides assitance with setting up midterm analysis of teaching, videotaping assessments, consultations, library search services, using technology, and teaching portfolio assistance to the UO academic community. TEP also maintains an extensive library of education resources, many of which are available online.
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Aspect 2 Paraphrase 8: When making a lesson plan dont just make it based on hey these kids are getting all this info on the subject, put yourself in the shoes of a student and ask yourself what did we accomplish today and what are the key components i remember and learned from todays lesson.

 

Aspect 2 Paraphrase 9:  When you create your lesson plan make sure everything is neat and organized and also make sure everything is readable and accomplishable in order to avoid mass chaos and confusion in the classroom.

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How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class

How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class | Aspect 2 and 3 | Scoop.it
Credit: William Duke


Have you ever plunked yourself down in a staff meeting where some of your colleagues were, for lack of a better phrase, not paying attention? Grading homework? Having private
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Aspect 2 Paraphrase 2: In order to keep kids not paying attention rates down,  you need to make sure you delete all the talking and dead time spent doing nothing.

 

Aspect 2 Paraphrase 3:  Keep students working together and engaged in order to get rid of dead time, a good way to do this is by having them work with others and be engaged with the classroom.

 

Aspect 2 Paraphrase 4:  When completing your anti dead time activity have students do a quick journal entry or essay in order to settle them down after they are so riled up after working with a large group and talking.

 

Aspect 2 Paraphrase 5: Make sure when giving your lesson or instructions to students you have them be quite, have them listen and  make sure they are all ears and have them ask for questions when you are finished in order to get rid of some dead time by having to repeat the rules a bunch of times.

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