Many teachers love to put true or false questions on tests because they are easier to formulate when making up tests.  Many students prefer them to having to fill in the blank or essay questions, …

pros and cons of open book exams

When I was in school, open book tests were my jam.  I had a pretty photographic memory.  I studied for tests by remembering where things were located in the books or worksheets.  Then I could …

make homework fun for 4th graders

Every teacher and parent knows that after students have spent the day at school, the last thing they want is to go home and do a bunch of homework. Over the years, I came up …

did my student copy and paste

There is so much written word in the world, it would seem almost insurmountable to figure out if your student copied and pasted their assignment. Back in the day, it would be pretty easy to …

fun games to teach long vowel sounds

I have a really awesome list of 9 fun games to teach long vowel sounds.  At least that’s what my kids indicate when they beg me to play them.  Learning to read is hard work!  …

teach students to summarize the right way

It is very common for middle school students to have difficulty summarizing what they have read or heard.  They are just getting their feet wet with writing.  So concepts that are not black and white …

when a child should be able to read in their head

Although I have not taught younger elementary school classes, I did teach all eight of my children to read.  And generally speaking, although everybody learns at their own pace, most of my children were able …

does listening to music help students study

There is a never-ending question in schools and homes with school-age children everywhere:  does listening to music help students focus? Years ago, when my younger kids were doing their homework, there was a constant battle …

write clear test instructions

Without writing clear instructions on a test, students cannot do their absolute best on that test, regardless of how much they have studied and mastered the material.  But different people process information and instructions in …

how long does it take to set up a classroom

After working in many different kinds of classrooms over the years, I have spent anywhere from a few hours to a couple of weeks setting up my classroom.  Sometimes it was super simple and easy. …