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Inspirational Educational Leader
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 11:04 AM -0500By: Elizabeth Legere
I am currently taking an online course with Stanford University, where we are designing a new learning environment. Through my research for this course, my eyes have been opened in many ways. One of which is the incredible demand for our schools to e
Finding the Right Reading Program
Thursday, April 5, 2012 11:00 AM -0400By: Elizabeth Legere
Yesterday, I came across an article called "Finding the Right Reading Program", written by Al Moore on Education Weekly's website ( In his article, he discusses different areas of re
Vocabulary Flashcards
Thursday, March 22, 2012 9:00 AM -0400By: Elizabeth Legere
I am in the process of writing this week's Quick Tip and I stumbled across a website that has colorful flashcards, including flashcards to help students learn SAT vocabulary! Not only are there free printable flashcards with colorful pictures and cle
Online resources
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 10:07 AM -0400By: Elizabeth Legere
Recently, I've had conversations with more than one coworker about online resources that can be used to help students who need it and also enrich students who would benefit. I'm posting on here to see if anyone has any input on these two - what's the
Seeing Stars
Friday, March 16, 2012 2:14 PM -0400By: Elizabeth Legere
This past Wednesday, I assisted Susan Fitzell with a presentation on test taking and memorization skills. We began talking to the audience about spelling words out loud forward and then backward and she asked me if I had ever used that strategy. As a
Test Taking and Memorization
Friday, March 2, 2012 10:12 AM -0500By: Elizabeth Legere
There are any number of test taking and memorization strategies that exist, mainly because of the many different learning styles that exist. Here is a sampling of strategies that I have found to work with many different groups of students in numerous settings. Perhaps one could work for you, your child, or your students…

1. Something that I used to use when I was co-teaching - we'd have students write their own definitions and illustrate vocab words. Then, we'd post them around the room and refer to them often (we'd be sure to point out the picture on the wall representing the term when we were talking about that term). We'd remove these illustrations when the test came. I'd find the students looking at the wall where the term was previously posted in order to recall the meaning of the word – and much of the time, they were able to correctly recall the word.

2. Color coding - that's how I remember things. If you check out the Quick Tip of the Week section of my website, you will find a great handout on visual literacy that I've shared with the high school staff and the district special ed staff all about colors, spacing, etc. Visual literacy is week 9.

3. In our high school, some of the classes study Shakespeare. My tutor uses No Fear Shakespeare to help the students understand and study for tests on what they've read. No Fear Shakespeare is from SparkNotes, it has Shakespeare on one side of the page and then a "regular English translation" on the other.

4. Rewrite class notes each night - this is a great way to study without realizing that you're studying!

5. This website offers a lot of study/memorization and test taking tips for high school/college level students:

6. Another strategy I have used- when I needed the students to remember a difficult concept, I'd give them a small treat that related to it (Hershey bar for fractions). We'd play with our snack while we learned that 1/2 is larger than 1/3, which is larger than 1/4. Then, whenever the students would need to recall which is bigger/smaller or that fractions are equal pieces of a whole in class, they'd think of the Hershey bar (sometimes on their own, sometimes I'd have to tell them to "Think of the Hershey bar").

What kinds of test taking/memorization strategies do you find work well?

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To blog or not to blog...
Thursday, March 1, 2012 2:07 PM -0500By: Elizabeth Legere
I don't know if people read blogs. I, personally, do not. However, I've been asked by a colleague to write a blog entry and I wanted to see what this blogging thing is all about. So, I'm going to give this a try. I find my position here at Canton Pu
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