Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Whatcha' Reading This Summer?

As we all fondly recall, summer vacation is the ultimate!  Staying up late into the night, basking in the golden sun, slurping up frothy ice cream concoctions, and yes - hopefully reading a good book or two or three...or three in one day.  And why not?  It's summer, after all.

Here is a list of twelve of my fave summer reads for tweens.  The list includes some classics and some contemporary, depending on personal choice.  Either way, tweens will have a blast getting their read on!!!

Kimberly's 2013 Summer Reading List for Tweens

1) Coraline - Neil Gaiman

2) The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

3) Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney

4) Animal Farm - George Orwell

5) Hoot - Carl Hiaasen

6) Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life - James Patterson

7) The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton

8) The Best of Roald Dahl - Roald Dahl

9) I Know What You Did Last Summer - Lois Duncan

10) The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

11) Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli

12) Holes - Lois Sachar

Monday, April 8, 2013

Help Them Do Their Best on the Test!!!

Quiz Question

Standardized Testing is:

A) Stressful
B) Necessary
C) Something students can succeed on
D) All of the above

Correct Answer - D!

It's that time of year again!  Standardized testing is just around the corner, meaning the anxiety at most educational institutions is off-the-charts!  Never before has there been so much pressure to perform well, as standardized testing determines school ratings, student funding, and a child's classroom placement.  To offset test-taking anxiety, it is paramount we prepare our students with knowledge, skills, and guaranteed-to-succeed test-taking strategies.

As I prepare my own students in these weeks to come, I've created a PowerPoint entitled Standardized Test Tips and Tricks that includes strategies, tips, and a comprehensive test-taking term review.  (Example: What is the difference between compare and contrast?  Define and differentiate?)  Using humor and positive reinforcement for maximum buy-in, Standardized Test Tips and Tricks will help psych students up and reach proficiency in no time!!