Reframe Test Anxiety into Excitement

Researchers are continually finding out more about the human body and brain, so I’m always on the lookout for golden nuggets of studies that can benefit my students. The Atlantic recently published the article “Can Three Words Turn Anxiety into Success?” which I found because it was posted to Facebook by Donors Choose. Student anxiety is an especially hot topic […]

Making the Most Out of Minis

In our state, there are benchmarks, and there are mini-benchmarks. The Benchmarks are given in the fall and winter to evaluate student progress before the state test in April. The “Mini Benchmarks” (or minis) are 5 question assessments that are related to one particular standard. Having been in 3 districts, I’ve seen the benchmarks implemented […]