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Alternatives to Standardized Testing

Alternatives to Standardized Testing

With the relatively recent controversy regarding standardized testing, many educators and officials alike have devoted time to considering alternatives. However, there are a number of potential alternatives that could feasibly replace or supplement the current system. Listed below are a few assessment options.

What Does Undercover High Say About Schools Today?

What Does Undercover High Say About Schools Today?

If given the chance to relive high school, would you do it? This is the basic premise of A&E’s docuseries “Undercover High,” where seven young adults between the ages of 21 and 26 went undercover as high school students for a full semester. They attended classes,...
Preparing a High Schooler for College

Preparing a High Schooler for College

Any parent of a college student will confirm that it is never too early to start preparing a high schooler for the rigors of college life. Beginning freshmen year, students with aspirations of college should begin thinking about a four-year plan to get them through...
Pros and Cons of Online College

Pros and Cons of Online College

Most people are aware that completing a college education entirely or partially online is a possibility these days. However, they may not realize that this decision is one that comes with both benefits and drawbacks. Understanding the full picture is important before...
The Negative Psychological Impact of IQ Tests on Children

The Negative Psychological Impact of IQ Tests on Children

Over the last decade, the United States has seen an increased use of IQ test in schools. However, this increase in popularity has not been met with approval from many experts.   Today, it isn’t uncommon for children as young as age six to participate in an IQ test if...
Should Students Teach Students?

Should Students Teach Students?

Many people know that teaching others is one of the best ways to learn. If you teach someone else a new process, your brain will cement this information and consider it true. Since teaching others is so effective, should we encourage students to teach other students?...
Being An Impactful Teacher

Being An Impactful Teacher

One of the best things about being an educator is making a difference in my students’ lives. Every educator goes into the field for some reason, but most of us just want to make a difference. Whether you’re a preschool teacher or a college professor, these are a few...
A Teacher’s Plan For Struggling Students

A Teacher’s Plan For Struggling Students

As an educator, it is unfortunate that not every child receives a high standard of education. Upon leaving high school, students around the country are a mixed bag, and professors are often the ones in charge of finding a solution. Although we cannot get through to...
Teaching Methods for Different Learning Styles

Teaching Methods for Different Learning Styles

Whether you are a Kindergarten teacher or a college professor, lesson plans can help or hurt your class. Studies have shown that there are three or four learning styles: auditory, visual, kinesthetic, and an optional reading/writing. Although we each have a...