Fla. teachers make mixed-grade classrooms work
In Sarasota County, Fla., 22 elementary schools include mixed-grade classrooms this year -- up from 14 last year -- as a way to keep class sizes smaller. For teachers, teaching two grades at once can be a mixed bag, requiring two lesson plans, more work and additional pressure. However, there are bright spots, such as when older students work to help the younger ones. One teacher, who was skeptical going into the year, said she has enjoyed teaching first- and second-grade students. Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Fla.)
Help gauge students' understanding with online quizzes
Online quizzes are effective ways to assess students' understanding while not overwhelming them, Michael Adams writes in this blog post. Adams, who works for the website quizpoo.com, suggests quizzing students on what happened during certain time periods, well-known quotes and town history, as well as helping students remember plot, characters and other details from literature lessons. Edudemic
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