How To Stop Toxic Test Anxiety A 4 Step Approach To Raise Test Scores And Grades In College

One problem that college students frequently face when they are in college is test anxiety. All students experience at least some nervousness as they take tests, but some students become so worried about preparing for tests, reviewing for tests, and taking tests that it greatly affects their performance in studying for an exam and test taking. Test anxiety causes many to ‘blank out,’ become unable to think clearly or remember the correct answers to test questions. That’s even when they’ve properly prepared for their university exam.

Symptoms of anxiety before a university examination can include sleeplessness, irritability, and loss of appetite. While taking a practice exam or during the test itself you might feel confused and panicked with rapid breathing, perspiration, chills, and numbness. After the test you may get feelings of hopelessness, indifference, anger, and guilt. You may look to blame something or someone else for your difficulties (Bourne, 2005).

Anxiety is created in part by genetic predispositions, but it is also brought on by situations that create stress. It is important to realize that anxiety is not only a negative emotion. Anxiety is important for doing well on exams. Too little anxiety results in a lack of motivation. But too

Thinking about professional development

Overview: After teaching for almost nine years, and spending too many late nights at SkillsUSA events, I, with the help of other staff members, have come up with a few concepts and plans about what would make Central the Perfect Tech School”. I know that this school has so much more to offer, and I can’t think of a better time than now to run with these ideas. There is no doubt in my mind that we can be a model school not just academically, but culturally as well… and it starts with professional development.

I started with this statement because; I truly feel that the professional development, in my school, has never really gotten to the level that I would have expected. The one thing that sets me apart from a teacher that has been around for more then 10 years, is that; I have never stopped my own professional development. I mean, if all this works out, in the end, people might actually have to call me Dr. Bross… Scary I know. But, when I look around the school, I see a lot of teachers out of the loop and just using

Implementing An Educator Evaluation – Staff Introduction And Rollout

For many years now, we have watched what appears to be a failing school system. And in most cases people want to blame the teachers for this down fall. The question on so many peoples minds are; how can we figure out which teachers are doing great things and which teachers are not cutting it in the classroom.

Every time, I have a talk with a friend or a family member, that makes a comment about teachers not doing what they are paid “to much to do”, I ask them, “Well, how would you evaluate a teacher?” And in almost every case they don’t have answer and if they do, it usually stinks or it is just sarcastic in tone. The question isn’t really about how to find the bad ones; it’s more about how to make them all great ones. I don’t really know any teachers that go into education for the money. Sure in some states like Pennsylvania it pays the bills, but like I said, in most cases it’s not about the money. It’s about wanting to make a difference. The hard part is, it not as easy as many people think. I’m not sure, but I thing

Best Educational Tools To Improve Preschoolers Study Skills

Finding ways to let your kids learn how to develop their skills takes a lot of time. One of the best and effective educational tools is coloring pages and crayons. Better yet, make it coloring pages letters so kids will easily identify and understand the color and the shades it represents.

Coloring pages letters help children develop different skills that are important they learn as young as possible in order to help them when they grew older.

It teaches little kids hand-eye coordination, ability to differentiate color hues, and picture shape and number understanding. Forming these early gives kids a good foundation for easy learning success.

Let children learn the alphabet, the colors and other words by using free printable Coloring pages letters.

This is a good way to introduce kids to learning and fun activities without boring them. Parents can also join along the activity so children will be more engaged to the coloring.

Get free Coloring pages letters at Coloring Guru and star teaching children both the ability to understand the colors, the hues plus teaching them shapes and colors of objects.

There are different kinds of images children can color in for free. Kids can try coloring on bear birthday, Mickey Mouse and

Why Homework Matters

As an elementary/middle school teacher, I hear constant complaints about the issue of homework.  There are valid points against overdoing it and even studies that suggest, in some cases, it doesn’t always help.  There’s a big difference between busy work and assignments that are meaningful. Some researchers, like Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish, propose that homework is a hidden cause of childhood obesity.  Others, like Alfie Kohn, believe that the quality and quantity of assignments done at home should be addressed, pronto.  So, why do students today still have to do this archaic activity?

  • Although some teachers assign busy work, that is not always the case.  Often times, the assignments students bring home are not only continuations of what was done in class, but are activities that help apply the knowledge learned earlier in the day.
  • Some at-home assignments are enrichment activities that will nurture the creative side of children.
  • It allows parents to see firsthand what their child is doing in school, and gives them an opportunity to connect or communicate with their child on a different level, seeing where they stand academically.
  • Even if it’s studying or reviewing what was covered in class, it is

Popular And Demanding Career Choices For Success

The question – Which college degree program to choose after passing out higher secondary school is very critical for every student. One should pay special care and attention while looking for a higher degree course program to make one’s career prospects bright.

In general, before getting into any higher degree course students have almost no-idea about the job prospects of the degree program that they have chosen. So, it is very important to understand the job and career scope of the degree programs for higher education before getting into the course.

Here in this article, some of the best and popular career options and their future scope in job fields are discussed to help students deciding their dream career.

  • Training and Education – This career option is related to all the professions in teaching and educating people. This career group includes teaching in schools, colleges and other training programs such as corporate training programs.
  • Tourism and Hospitality Industry – Tourism sector is being popular at very fast rate. Those who loves travelling; tourism is best career path for them. Hotel management and tourism management jobs are quite popular and good paying in this category.
  • Media and Communication –

Effective learning patterns for successful Students

Always keep one thing in mind – “Good Leaders are Good Readers”. To become a successful student, you must have good study routine. Successful kids apply many good habits to all their classes. Read about some excellent study routine and try to develop the study pattern that you do not comprise.

Superior study practice for booming kids:

  • Try not to read too much at a time: If you attempt to study to a larger extent at a time, you will get exhausted and your schoolwork will not be very effective. Distribute your work to be done in short periods. Taking short breaks will bring back your mind power.
  • Map specific time period for studying: Study time is any time that you do something related to schoolwork such as completing some assignments, or preparing for an exam etc. Being punctual in life is very important. Schedule specific times throughout the day for your learning time.
  • Study at the same times each day: If you can try to study at the specific time daily, set up a routine that becomes a regular habit of your life, such as eating or sleeping. When the scheduled time arrives on the day,

The Importance of Computer and Internet Access at Home

The internet is something most of us take for granted.  We look up recipes, stay connected to friends and family, and research many different topics.  More and more devices such as phones, e-readers, and MP3 players connect
to the internet.  And many students use the internet on a regular basis to do research for papers and other school assignments.  In addition to the internet, many students use programs such as word processing programs, drawing programs and photo shop programs. 

It should be reassuring that more and more students are using the computer.  That is until you look at statistics in the states that perform worst where education is concerned.  Recent statistics out of Louisiana, which routinely ranks near the bottom in terms of education and graduation rates, show that between 32 to 40 percent of students do not have access to computers or internet at home. 

For a whole generation of parents and grandparents that number may not seem too alarming, after all, they managed to go to school, even to college and advanced degrees without internet access.  But the world has changed.  In years past, one expense that many parents incurred early in their

Study Skills Resolve 50% of Caseloads, According to School Psychologists

Our first home as young newlyweds was a small bungalow built in 1942.  We purchased the house in the month of August, many months before we discovered the drafty windows.  As the Michigan winter rushed in, it literally rushed right through our house.  Day after day.  Month after month.  Winter after winter.

It took a few years, but we finally saved enough money to buy new windows… five-thousand dollars!  The windows were installed one summer and we looked forward to FINALLY being warm as winter approached.

But, we weren’t. The house was still cold!

We spent a few months in denial.  $5,000.00 was a hard pill to swallow!  The fact that we were still cold was beyond our comprehension. 

Eventually, we noticed an ever-so-slight crack of daylight showing under the bottom of the back door.  The weather stripping had dislodged from the floor track.  But, as my husband and father evaluated the situation more closely, they determined that we needed a new door.  They went to the store, purchased a $200 door, and installed it within a few hours.

Suddenly… INSTANTLY… we were warm!

Of course, it was great that we could finally thaw out in the living room,

Learning Tips for Multiple Intelligences

We learn through all of the intelligence styles, but we have certain learning preferences that are stronger than others. Choose strategies that support your student’s strongest learning preference when helping them with homework or studying.

For Verbal/Linguistic Learners

These learners learn by saying, hearing and seeing words. They can easily memorize names, dates, places and trivia. To help verbal/linguistic learners:

-Use descriptive language

-Have them study by reading, writing, telling stories, playing word games and working with jokes and riddles

-They are good at creating imaginary worlds

Create crossword puzzles for practice at www.puzzlemaker.com 

For Logical/Mathematical Learners

These learners are adept at categorizing, classifying and working with abstract patterns and relationships. They work well with reasoning, numbers, abstractions, logic, problem-solving and moving from the concrete to the abstract.

-Compare and contrast ideas

-Create a timeline

-Classify concepts/objects/materials

-Read or design maps

-Use a Venn diagram to explain…

-Teach using technology

For Bodily/Kinesthetic Learners

The brain’s motor cortex, which controls bodily motion, is the key to the intelligence of bodily/kinesthetic learners. These learners process knowledge through bodily sensations and need to touch, move and interact with space.

-Create hands-on projects

-Conduct hands-on experiments

-Create human sculptures to illustrate situations

-Reenact great moments from history

-Make task or puzzle cards for…

For Visual/Spatial Learners

Visual/spatial learners rely on their sense of sight and the ability to

Will Your Child Be Prepared for Careers That Don

“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist,
Using technologies that haven’t been invented,
In order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”

– Karl Fisch, Educator and author of “Did You Know”

When we grew up, the employment rate was fairly stable.  Our greatest concern was having to compete against a few “local” job applicants to get a “good” job.

Our children, however, will face new challenges. For one, they will no longer be competing with people in their hometowns for jobs; they will be competing with people all over the globe!  Secondly, companies are down-sizing. For better or worse, technology is allowing companies to do more with less.

In order to give our children a competitive advantage in this Information Age and global economy, we must teach them how to learn STRATEGICALLY:  to organize themselves, process new information efficiently, make critical decisions about that information and access it at a later time.

These types of learning skills are called “soft skills.” They include learning, organization, and communication strategies. Most schools do not teach these skills because the national and state standards that drive their funding are focused almost entirely on content. Very little focus falls on learning

Can Concentration Really Improve Memory?

Expert answers the big question, can concentration improve memory? The basic memory mechanics exposes the power of concentration to improve memory. You can combine yoga with the basic memory mechanics to concentrate and focus to enhance encoding information in the brain. We’re a group of navigation engineers that take pride in navigating readers to the Correct Knowledge to obliterate harsh learning curves. We know from experience that knowledge is not power, but the correct use of knowledge is power. This article is about making the correct choices to improve memory and prevent from traveling down long lost dreary roads, stumbling into rattle snake pits and the lion’s dens.

 

Can concentration improve memory? Yes, concentrating can increase the amount of information encoded in the brain. Concentration enhances the basic memory mechanics by creating a healthy, vibrant and energetic brain. Most of my readers want to add additional skills to enhanced brain encoding methods and functionalities of the brain.Combining basic memory mechanics and concentrating creates the perfect chemistry. You are deeply encoding information in the brain, which makes recalling important and relevant information faster.

First I highly recommend practicing the basic memory mechanics, which are enough: (1) water-10 glasses per day (2) sleep-6-8 hours

Is Your Kid Disorganized? What can you do?

Children with disabilities like ADD, ADHD, Mood Disorders, and Autism have lots of difficulty with organization.  This is because these disorders affect the Executive Functioning part of the brain.  It’s very frustrating for parents and teachers to try to help these kids learn organizational skills.  It’s just as frustrating for kids to always feel like they’re not prepared and not ready for what they need to do.  But there are things that can be done. Children with these types of disabilities can learn strategies and techniques for independent organization. 

 

Think about the last time you were in the grocery store and you realize you left the list of groceries on the kitchen table.  You feel unprepared as you go through the store trying to remember what was on the list, hoping you don’t forget something you really need and pretty much just trying to get it done, but knowing you’re not doing a really good job. You feel stressed and anxious because you’re wandering up and down the aisles randomly choosing things from the shelves.  Going back down aisles numerous times because something in another aisle reminds you of something you’ve forgotten.  It takes

Are You Frustrated and Stressed Out About Homework Battles

I can’t tell you how many parents have told me that they hate the homework wars. They absolutely dread the nightly routine of fighting with their child to get them to do homework, and/or unfinished class work. And it’s not all fun and games for the child either.  This is my advice and it works! Let your child do his own homework by himself.  That’s it….  That really is it. You can set up parameters. Such as, set a timer for each subject.  I usually recommend asking the teacher how much time on average your child should be spending on a subject and then set the timer for that amount.  Then tell your child that they only have to work for that amount of time, but you must see them working hard for the whole time.  Whatever they get done, that’s all they have to do.  You then write a note to the teacher telling them, ‘My child worked diligently for 20 minutes (or whatever time) and this is what they were able to do.’  Now I also recommend that you have a conversation with the teacher ahead of time and tell them this is what

Move to Learn Unlock the Potential of the Brain

There are about as many nerve cells in the brain as there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy.  The unique set of connections between neurons that each of us develops determines how we view the world, shapes our future experiences, and indeed, determines who we are.  Successful students have developed rich, connected networks of neurons.  Many factors encourage neurons to branch and communicate with each other.  In this newsletter, our topic will be the vital role of movement  in brain development.

In our quest to fathom intelligent behavior, we have failed to appreciate that learning does not occur strictly in the mind.  Learning and creativity are a “whole body” phenomenon and cannot occur independently.  We teach “to the head” only, asking students to sit in chairs for long periods of time, listening and looking almost exclusively at abstract symbols, even when they are very young.  We don’t fully appreciate that the mind cannot excel without the support of the body.  We don’t “get it” that we must move to learn.

What is the role of movement in learning?
Movement stimulates the growth of neural networks upon which learning depends.  It affords us the

Homework What To Do When Students DON’T Do It

There is a form on my website where I ask people to tell me their greatest concerns/challenges regarding homework.   It is probably no surprise that a significant number of teachers have responded with comments like this:

“Apathy.”
“No motivation.”
“Students don’t do it.”

If you are like me, then you probably don’t have fond memories of homework yourself, but you likely did it. 

It was not because you liked it. 

It was not because you couldn’t find anything better to do. (Yes, we had TV as kids. Some of us even had video games, too.  We are not that old…)

You did it because you wanted to get a good grade.  Or, you did it to avoid having to answer to your mom who would give you “That Look” and ground you until you were dead.  Or, you did it because it just needed to be done. 

So, the real question is, “Why don’t students seem to care about homework?”  There are a variety of possible answers, but the best advice I can offer is this…

Ask them!

You, of course, can provide additional insight.  Share your experiences with homework when you were younger and then explain why you value it as an adult.  The more relevance children

School Stress Buster

School Stress Buster

As the schools’ syllabuses get complex and workload increase, students are bound to be stressed at times. Stress is part and parcel of life and learning to cope with it is part of the objective of an education. Here are 8 important concepts to follow to make your time in school a pleasant one:

 

1. Why?

Identify all the positive reasons for all the hard work and effort you are putting into getting good grades. Is it for yourself and your parents, or for your relatives? Is it so that you can become a pilot, lawyer or a teacher? These reasons should be empowering or perhaps put a smile on your face when you think about them.

2. Stationary

Being well stocked with pens, pencils, ruler, eraser, writing pad and files ensures that you need not worry about not having any basic material on hand. Acquire the good habit of filing and adopt an organized system of filing, so that you know exactly where to find your notes and worksheets when you need to. This saves you a lot of time.

3. Punctuality

Be on time for all your classes. Dragging your feet into lessons and being

Watering The Seeds: The Blossoming of Creativity in the Classroom

We tend to think of creativity as an intriguing personality trait, but one that is only useful in practice to the artist or the aimless dreamer. But what if I told you that creativity, not in spite of the due emphasis on the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), is an increasingly essential skill to our children’s success, both in school and on the job?

 

Frankly, a non-creative person is an unadaptable person. Moreover, a person who cannot adapt cannot survive the turbulence of our ever-changing world. So why do we continue to push models of education that limit creativity in favor of rote memorization?

 

Of course, the transfer of traditional knowledge and information is needed for students to grow. However, that information would be little more than arbitrary if not for the creative ingenuity that transforms it into something meaningful in our minds. At a certain point, intellectual growth and evolution, skills like real-time problem solving, and the very seeds of entrepreneurial thought cannot take place without this ingenuity, so the fact that our educational system is based largely on spreading and storing data while neglecting creativity warrants concern.

 

In the following, we will examine our country’s current educational system and determine

Building a Culture of Reflective Practice and Collaborative Learning

I have been an educator for quite a few years and have enjoyed my time helping fellow educators and students grow by serving as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and Deputy Superintendent. These positions have all been evaluative. However in my current position as district literacy instructional coach, I serve as a support to both teachers and administrators.

In the book, Professional Capital, the only way to improve outcomes is to improve instruction.” (McKinsey & Co., 2007, p. 26). My district has implemented a coaching cycle that is designed to help teachers who need further assistance with their teaching practice. We help with many areas to include classroom management, planning, researching rigorous, hands -on  activities, content, questioning, modeling instruction, co-teaching, etc. These are the steps we follow assisting teachers to improve upon their instruction.

 

  • Step 1- Professional Development: This has been ongoing for teachers who teach students from PK3- 12th Grade in the area of literacy. This is held on individual campuses during teachers’ conference periods and after school by district as well as campus based literacy coaches. We also provide professional development offerings at a central location after school and many of our teachers. If a teacher attends professional development, the expectation

Building a Culture of Reflective Practice and Collaborative Learning

I have been an educator for quite a few years and have enjoyed my time helping fellow educators and students grow by serving as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and Deputy Superintendent. These positions have all been evaluative. However in my current position as district literacy instructional coach, I serve as a support to both teachers and administrators.

In the book, Professional Capital, the only way to improve outcomes is to improve instruction.” (McKinsey & Co., 2007, p. 26). My district has implemented a coaching cycle that is designed to help teachers who need further assistance with their teaching practice. We help with many areas to include classroom management, planning, researching rigorous, hands -on  activities, content, questioning, modeling instruction, co-teaching, etc. These are the steps we follow assisting teachers to improve upon their instruction.

 

  • Step 1- Professional Development: This has been ongoing for teachers who teach students from PK3- 12th Grade in the area of literacy. This is held on individual campuses during teachers’ conference periods and after school by district as well as campus based literacy coaches. We also provide professional development offerings at a central location after school and many of our teachers. If a teacher attends professional development, the expectation