Category: Aids for Teachers

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

Reintroducing Classroom Collaboration

Teaching Ideas to use when Reintroducing Classroom Collaboration

Teaching students classroom collaboration is such an important part of teaching. It doesn’t matter if teachers are trying to prepare students for today’s workplace or just how to get along with others; students need to be proficient collaborators. Educators recognize this skill as so important that the Common Core State Standards has a category under the Listening and Speaking section called “Comprehension and Collaboration” in every grade level from kindergarten through twelfth grades.

For nearly two years now this skill has been neglected. Whether students have been taught at home or in school with social distancing, it has not been safe for students to work closely together. As of November 10, 2021, the CDC reported that 14.7 million (59%) of adolescents aged 12-17 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Now, with a safe vaccine for 5-11 year-olds, students will soon be able to work in small groups once again. Continue Reading

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Essay Test Taking Strategies

Standardized Test Taking Strategies

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

Standardized Test Taking Strategies for Fill-in-the-Blanks Quizzes


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

Standardized Test Taking Strategies for Matching Quizzes

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

Standardized Test Taking Strategies for True/False Quizzes

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

Standardized Test Taking Strategies for Multiple Choice Quizzes

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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