Category: Aids for Teachers

Aids for Teachers includes teaching strategies and other resources teachers can use to aid their teaching.

Essay Test Taking Strategies

The Dog Project

Essay tests are a great way to evaluate student knowledge through all levels of thinking skills from What is…? to Interpret this. or Criticize that. Students will practice essay test-taking strategies using Boom Learning. 

Like all test types, essay questions have advantages as well as disadvantages. One advantage is students are less likely to guess. Another advantage is that students must study more to take this type of test. Students can also demonstrate their ability to organize thoughts, express opinions, and show creativity. Disadvantages for essay tests include they take a long time to grade plus grading is subjective. Another disadvantage is that essay tests cover only a small amount of content compared to selection types of tests. Continue Reading

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Fill-in-the-Blanks Test Taking Tips

Five Easy Ways to Differentiate Instruction


Teaching Fill-in-the-Blanks Test Taking Tips can improve student performance on quizzes.

Giving Completion or Fill-in-the-Blanks tests is a great way to test knowledge level questions including recalling details. This type of test question is especially helpful for testing who, what, where, and when content. Another advantage is completion test questions minimizes guessing. Students who know they will be tested with completion questions are encouraged to spend more time studying because they have to come up with answers from memory in place of merely recognizing a correct answer that is presented. Continue Reading

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Matching Test Taking Strategies

Matching Test Taking Strategies

Matching tests are extremely popular. Matching questions work well for terms and definitions, phrases with other phrases, causes with effects, parts with larger units, and problems with solutions. Teaching students about matching test-taking strategies can greatly improve their performance on these tests.

One advantage of matching test items is students can show their knowledge of a lot of material in a short amount of time. Matching test questions are easy for teachers to create. Their biggest disadvantage is the questions are mostly knowledge level of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives. Continue Reading

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True-False Test Taking Strategies

Gases in the Atmospheric Layers

Teaching students True-False Test Taking Strategies can greatly improve their performance on quizzes and even standardized tests.  True/False tests are popular, easy for teachers to create, and even found on standardized tests. Although many students prefer this type of test, questions can be tricky. Learning what to look for can improve students’ abilities to achieve higher scores on True/False tests.

This series of blog posts provides practical test-taking strategies beginning with Part 1 Multiple Choice Tests. Part 2 goes over True/False tests. Come back each week to learn about  Matching, Fill in the Blanks, and Essay test-taking strategies. Continue Reading

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Multiple Choice Test Taking Strategies

Multiple Choice Test Taking Strategies

Even though many states are scaling back on spring testing, before the 2019/2020 school year standardized testing was mandated in all 50 states. Some states used PARCC or Smarter Balanced; some states created their own tests, and some used a hybrid of the two. On top of this, about half the states required students to take the SAT or ACT.[1] For the fall of 2021, three-fifths of 4-year colleges are test-optional.[2] Now politicians have asked to pause testing.[3]

Still, teachers are required to give grades and testing is likely to return. Preparing students to take tests is important as odds are students will take tests (whether standardized or not) throughout their school years. This series of blog posts provides practical test-taking strategies beginning with multiple-choice tests. This is the first of a five-part series. Come back each week to learn about True/False, Matching, Fill in the Blanks, and Essay test-taking strategies. Continue Reading

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Strategies for Higher-Order Thinking Skills

Strategies for Higher Order Thinking Skills

Educational trends seem to change almost yearly. One year ‘this method’ is the best thing ever invented. The next year ‘this method’ has lost its appeal, and a new idea is a must-try. However, the one trend that has remained constant year after year is higher-order thinking skills (HOTS). HOTS encourages learners to go far beyond the memorization of facts. Students analyze, evaluate, and create. So, where do you begin? First, help students understand what HOTS is.

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Classroom Displays

Classroom Displays

Are you looking for some creative ways to display things in your classroom? Word cards, teaching standards, and even student work can clutter up a classroom in no time flat. These classroom displays will have you thinking ‘out of the box.’

Classroom Displays Idea #1 – Pocket Charts 

Creating pocket charts from wrapping paper and cardboard is quick and easy. Make individual pocket charts for students, a series of matching charts for a bulletin board, or even a large one to hang on the wall. Be sure to check out the bottom end of Idea #1 to see some ideas for using these pocket charts.  Continue Reading

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