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believe that it’s the parent’s choice how their children are raised
and taught. Whether you are a public school teacher,
private school teacher or a homeschool teacher, you work
hard for the success of your students and that should be respected.
reality, homeschool teachers and public school teachers have a lot in
common. We all create lessons, assessments, and follow standards (of
some kind). Instead of noting the differences, we need to work
together to share ideas and materials, because in the end, we all
want our students to succeed.
creating a new lesson, I always begin with the end in mind.
I ask myself, “What is it that they must know?” Then, I
create the assessment before making the activities and
lessons. This helps me stay focused on what’s important.
am not a fan of making every
For example, my Events
in History Series have
projects for assessments. In my science class, I assess students by
using my Around
the Room Science Task Cards.
If students can finish the cards, I know they have mastered the
skills. In my fifth grade math class, I used Math
Bingo Cards and
Shapes Activity to
assess student learning
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addition, reviewing content doesn’t have to be boring.
favorite review activities came from Tr. Harvey Silver.
write everything they learned on that topic in the box. After you
give them plenty of thinking time, you go over the items in their box
and help them add to it. This makes a great study guide, or a quick
my state, Indiana, we will have four different standardized tests in
a four year period. We would be fools to worry about “teaching to
the test.” Instead, we focus on teaching our standards. In my
opinion, standards do not limit teachers or take away their freedom
to be creative. Standards are just the checklist of what my kids need
to know before they leave me. What I do to meet that standard is up
use a standards checklist to ensure I meet my standards.
This standards checklist helps me to ensure that I am helping my
students be successful. Standards are important because they are a
teacher’s guidepost. Every successful program has standards. They
may not be Common Core or state standards, but if you have created
your own curriculum, you most definitely had to put thought into what
you wanted your child to learn and those are standards by which you
sincerely thank you for reading my post and a special thank you to A
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My husband and I have three children ranging from 10 to 17 years old. I have a wide-range of teaching experience.
Many years ago I owned a preschool and was a teacher for 4 and 5 year olds. After selling the preschool, I taught first grade at a rural school corporation and then taught fifth grade ata charter school.
For the last five years, I have taught in the community in which I live. Within those five years, I taught fifth and sixth grade. This year, I was promoted to principal of the elementary school and I am the High Ability Coordinator and Curriculum Director for my school corporation.
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