We all want to save time grading. But is it possible to give assignments that not only help your students learn more, but reduce the time it takes to grade them? Yes it is!
I often feel overwhelmed by piles of student work. While I use Google Forms for quick and frequent formative assessment, multiple choice does not show the depth of student knowledge (or misconceptions) that you need to know in order to help your students.
Giving assignments that require reflection and critical thinking are crucial for student understanding and growth. The only trouble is grading those assignments! They are so time consuming!
But they don’t all have to be. Here are a few quick tweaks you can make to assignments you already have that will lead to both greater learning and save time grading!
This year I had a particularity challenging class. After just the first week of school I was desperate for a solution.
The class was at the end of the day, they were tired from being at school for eight hours and just wanted out. Students consisted of mostly boys who were best of friends and loved to goof around, with no regard for me or the other students in the room.
All of my usual classroom management methods and relationship building was just not working and I could clearly see this class was slipping out of control.
Cellphones in the classroom – talk about a blessing and a curse in one tiny, expensive package!
Leveraged for good, cellphones in the classroom can open up a world of technology based learning for students. But how can teachers utilize their amazing benefits, without the constant battle against distraction?
Help your students learn and visualize the parts of a flower by making one! Simple and inexpensive supplies makes this an easy hands on learning experience – with ideas to differentiate difficulty level!
Time is a four letter word for some teachers. It is the one thing we all wish we had more of. We need more time to get to the end of our to-do list – the daily tasks of planning, grading, and paperwork. But even more than that, we want time outside of school, with our family and friends, or just by ourselves and a good book (or Netflix!).
The clock does not have to be our worst enemy- use a few of these time saving ideas for teachers and you can get a lot of that time back, and use it however you want!
Its been a long day, molding young minds, making big differences, encouraging and inspiring. You have taught hard, graded tirelessly, and planned lessons for eight plus hours. You are ready to go home and relax.
But then the dreaded thought crosses your mind (or one of your offspring asks), “What’s for dinner?”
Making dinner is the last thing you want to tackle right now, but don’t be tempted to hit the drive through!
With these fast and easy meals for teachers, you will make a dinner you can be proud of, without spending the whole evening in the kitchen.
Each main course has just five ingredients (just one exception), and takes 30 minutes or less to make.
Plus, the total grocery bill for this whole week’s worth of meals is under seventy dollars! To feed a family of four – with leftovers for lunch the next day!
In a typical high school or middle school room, the beginning of class often looks something like this:
Students wander in from the hall. There may or may not be an opener assignment (bell ringer) but no one seems to be working on it. The teacher is at her desk, working on something of her own. Students are chatting, standing with friends, playing with their phones.
The late bell rings and Mrs Teacher jumps into action – but a battle ensues to get her students to quiet down and focus.
Have you been into a classroom like this? Does this look like your own classroom? And you are frustrated, feeling like you are wasting time (and gaining gray hairs!) at the beginning of class every day?
Do not be discouraged! With just a few tweaks, your first ten minutes of class can become your favorite ten ten minutes of the day!
AP Biology Teachers know – you can not cram for the AP Exam! If your students are going to be ready at the end of the year, they must study the AP Biology Curriculum Framework from day one!
But what what resources are best? Ones that align to the College Board’s curriculum framework!
Three resources to use for the whole year – make a five from day one!
Here are best AP Biology study resources out there for year-long learning. Each one is aligned specifically to the College Board Curriculum Framework so you know it is exactly what students need to learn.
Bozeman Science Videos – one for each Essential Knowledge
POGIL Activities for AP Biology – practice using and understanding Models
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