Monday, July 27, 2015

Assess Me~ A Get to Know You Link Up

 The Tattooed Teacher has come up with an awesome linky to "assess" us teachers.  It's a 'get to know' you assessment!

Okay, don't laugh at the font.  I haven't had time to upload my fonts on my new computer.  And just for the record, I showered last night and I'm cleaning out the attic so I have a good excuse for not having showered yet today. 
Hop over to The Tattooed Teacher and get to know some other awesome teacher bloggers! #teacherbloggersrock

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wonderful Idea Wednesday

I'm back….yeah, it's been a while since I've blogged this has been one busy summer with building a house, moving, and selling another!  Anywho, today I'm linking up with the gals over at Freebielicious for Wonderful Idea Wednesday.

I'm revisiting a post I wrote for another blog about an awesome idea for reviewing skills.  Let me know what you think.
Looking for a fun way to review for those end of the week tests or just want to do an informal assessment of how much information your students are really learning?  Well, Tic-Tac-Know is an easy and FUN way to do just that!!
In my gifted classes we do mini-studies on various topics.  For example, one of the most recent was on kaleidoscopes.  After we did our research and had some discussion.  Then, I wanted to see just how much they retained and really comprehended, so we "played" Tic-Tac-Know.
It's really simple, but fun and effective.  I use painter's tape to mark off a large, life-sized Tic-Tac-Toe board on our carpet.
I compile a list of questions about our current study or whatever we are reviewing.  Next, I divide my students into two teams (Team X and Team O.)
The teams stand, in rows, on opposite sides of the tic-tac-toe board.  We flip a coin to see which team goes first and I ask a question to the first person on that team.  If it is answered correctly, the person takes a spot on the game board.   X's will stand and O's will sit, so at a glance, we can see who's who.  If the answer it incorrect, no one moves and I move on to the other team.  This continues until one team gets tic-tac-toe (3 in a row.)
This game of human tic-tac-know can be used with any subject and is an exciting way to review skills.
Some other ideas for Tic Tac Know could include:
  • reviewing math facts
  • comprehension questions about a book
  • reviewing antonyms/synonyms
  • homophones/homonyms review
  • stating facts and opinions
What's your favorite way to review with your students? 
You can find more wonderful ideas by clicking the link below.