And then there's the preparation for the school year. I admit, I haven't done as much as I wish I had - well not in a focused way, anyway. I have collected many ideas over the summer, but now it's time to fit the pieces of the puzzle together.
One major piece for me is preassessment. Last year I had a classroom set of devices. It was GREAT! I was able to do so many cool activities with my students, including making the arduous task of preassessment a little more entertaining and bearable for all of us.
At the end of last school year those devices were removed from my classroom and have yet to be replaced. I'm finding myself scrambling for strategies to preassess students without the feeling of "she's testing us again?!"
What strategies do you use that are "old school" without technology? How many questions do you put on a preassessment for an entire unit vs an individual lesson? How do you engage students to take these assessments seriously and not see it as another test?