6 02, 2019

AP Test Prep Assessment Items: A Quick How-To

By | 2019-02-06T11:04:21+00:00 February 6th, 2019|assessment, Supporting Students|0 Comments

AP exams can be daunting for students—and just as daunting for the teachers entrusted to effectively prep those students to succeed. However, these anxieties can be reduced by providing well-constructed test prep assessment items. Not only will students reap the benefits, but teachers will feel better when preparing their classes for the AP exams. So how does one write these effective assessment items?  Start with this simple checklist: Use application over recall Focus on analysis Use visuals: cartoons, photos, maps, or artifacts Compare and contrast The Importance of Application The AP Government exam will not ask students to recall specific names or dates.  Instead, students will be tested in their ability to apply their knowledge to specific scenarios.  The assessment items used to prepare students should mimic that level of application. Don’t just ask students to know; ask them to show what they know and how it connects to real-life politics. Why Analyze? Students shouldn’t just identify governing documents or Supreme Court decisions; they should also evaluate and interpret the causes and effects.  Think Bloom’s Taxonomy [...]

12 10, 2017

Supporting Students During Natural Disasters

By | 2018-06-24T21:54:52+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Supporting Students|6 Comments

Severe weather events can be physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially devastating for families. As we’ve seen from recent weather events, storms can cause property damage, food and water scarcity, and, unfortunately, injuries and loss of life. Children may struggle to understand how to cope with the loss and destruction resulting from weather events such as tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, thunderstorms, floods, and blizzards. To supplement what students are learning at home about severe weather, educators should be ready to teach students about different types of natural disasters, where they occur, and how to prepare for them. Download Our Hurricane Lesson Plan, Mapped to NGSS Standards 1. Types of Natural Disasters Educators should be prepared to teach students about different types of natural disasters including those related to the weather and especially the events that take place most frequently where they live. In teaching the different types, it is important for educators to focus on: What the weather event is and how it is formed What terms are associated with each weather event Where the [...]