Archive for February, 2015

Reminder: PARCC Testing

Make sure you contact your students’ teacher or enrichment teacher to find out what the dates are for PARCC Testing if you are unsure. Most started this week, and run through the next few weeks. 

Here is a few ways to get ready for your tests. (From http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Ready-for-Tests-in-School

Go to bed early. This will allow your body to get the correct amount of rest needed to perform the following day. Eat a wholesome light dinner, fish is often excellent as it is high in Omega Fish Oil and is light enough that you won’t be up all night as it digests. Eat a very good breakfast, such as a banana, which is a great way to start the day when taking a test.

Wake up nice and early. The saying The Early Bird Gets the Worm! is absolutely right. You have to be really on time to do well on tests or exams. If you set your alarm to wake you so you have enough time to prepare and take your time during the morning of the exam, you will be more likely to start the exam with a clear head and stress free, (or as stress free as anyone can expect you to be!)

Have a healthy and nutritious breakfast. Keep away from heavy saturated foods such as Margarine and foods with high sugar content. Try to eat a balance meal of eggs, toast, or cereal and some fruit. Make sure you are refreshed by drinking a glass of milk, juice or water, (make sure you don’t drink them together, or you will be sick for the exam!). You need to ensure you have had the correct foods that will keep your energy and body functioning until the exam is over. Don’t overeat, being too full will mean your stomach will hurt and you may feel nervous. Dark chocolate helps for brain boosting as berries do.

Study by methods by making flashcards before the exam. You can also read a review book or perhaps quickly read over some quotes that you have studied. Don’t put your head in a book or memorize that thick textbook. Casually test yourself. Keep calm – that’s the key.

Relax! You need to calm down! Being all flustered will be a big hazard. You can’t do anything now, can you? You’ve arrived at the classroom, and even if you jump around in anxiety, you probably won’t know about dividing fractions if you didn’t revise!

Ensure you have all necessary equipment prior to the exam, if you have a Mathematics exam, make sure your equipment is in functioning order, batteries in calculator, pencils sharpened and new working pens. Put all your items (things you need) on the table before the teacher hands out the papers. If you have an English exam usually you are not allowed to take anything in, however some exams may allow pens and pencils.

Start with a bang by writing down key points. If it’s a Maths or Science test. You may want to write down formulas on a spare piece of paper. This will mean you won’t have to remember them later on when you are getting stressed. If its an English exam or you are required to do a lot of writing make sure you write down on a piece of paper any valuable quotes or material references. In English, references and quotes count. Incorrect quotes or author names means a lower score.

Pace yourself, if you begin with a good start, finish with a good start. However, this doesn’t mean if you start with a bad start finish with a bad ending. Make sure at both ends of the exam you read all questions before answering them. Often time is allocated for this. When you are allowed to start pen to paper go straight to any questions which you were confident with. Perhaps there was a question about the review you studied before the exam, or a formula was selected to be used in a question and you particularly like that formula. By tackling questions that are fresh in your mind you will be more likely to remember the more difficult answers later on.

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Some Gifted Characteristics

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I started reading a really great book called Designing Defensible Classroom Programs for Gifted Secondary School Learners. As I started really reading this book, I saw some charts that I think every teacher and parent should see. 

These charts have descriptors on them that describe Cognitive, Creative, and Social-Emotional Characteristics of gifted children. It also has an area on the chart that describes the type of learning environment that is best suited for that learner. 

Here are the 3 Different Gifted Characteristics charts. I hope that you can check them out and recognize which learning style is best for your students and/or your own child.

 

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ACES Social and Emotional Needs

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Last night I went to the first ACES meeting. There were about 20 or so of us from various schools around the county. I am proud to say that Lima City was well represented! Judy and Brittany did a great job of presenting a lot of information to us. Below I am placing the two main handouts given to us by Judy and Brittany. Take some time and read through them.

If you can get to the next ACES meeting I would suggest it. The next ACES meeting is March 3rd, and the topic will be Anxiety in Children. It will be held at The Met.

 

Myths of Gifted Social and emotional Needs

PowerPoint of ACES Social and Emotional Needs Presentation

 

 

 

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