It is that time of year- the dreaded test prep season. Sigh... I don't love testing. Who does? But I have found lots of way to make the test prep a little more fun. It's all about the TASK CARDS!  I printed up a big stack of math and ELA task cards and then found lots of quick and fun ways to use them. Let me share 10 of my favorite ways to use task cards for test prep. Let's face it- we don't have extra time in our day. Quick line-up activities are perfect for the busy classroom. When my class is getting ready to leave for recess, lunch or specials- I pull out a set of task cards. I show a card to one student at a time. As they answer correctly, they get to line up. If they get it wrong, they stay in their seat. If we have enough time, I can come back to those students who missed their question on the first round. The best part is that if we run out of time, I can just have the rest of the class line up as usual. No big deal! If that happens, I just ...
Let me start this post with a preface: I am not a scientist. I am not a science fair expert. You can disagree with me. My feelings won't be hurt. I am a teacher and a mother of four. I have seen, graded and helped to construct countless science fair projects. I have gotten frustrated, shed a few tears, done lots of research and learned a few things. I wanted to share my thoughts with you. Before you assign a science fair project to your class, please ask yourself why you are assigning it. What is the purpose? I am not opposed to science fair. But I think it is important that as educators we have a purpose and a goal for these projects. Otherwise they can quickly turn into parent homework that causes undue stress on the family and fails to teach the student anything useful. I don't want that to happen in my classroom! If you are assigning the science fair project because you think it will be a fun way for parents to spend time with their children- DON"T DO IT! Par...