5 Mistakes that Schools Do That Hurt Standardized Test Scores

A conversation with Dr. Brad Johnson on episode #65 of the 10-Minute Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Today Dr. Brad Johnson @drbradjohnson talks about the mistakes schools make that hurt their standardized test scores. You might be surprised that sometimes the things schools do may have the opposite impact of what they intend. Consider this feedback as you prepare to administer testing this spring.

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In today’s show, Brad discusses standardized testing mistakes schools make. He will share:

  • Mistakes we make in routines
  • How keeping kids “quiet” and limiting activities may be a mistake
  • The importance of resource classes
  • Important things for administrators to consider
  • Perspective on testing

I hope you enjoy this episode with Brad!

Want to hear another episode on improving learning? Listen to Eric Sheninger talk about digital pedagogy that actually improves learning.
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Dr. Johnson is a speaker in the fields of education and leadership. He is the author of six books including, From School Administrator to School Leader, & Learning on Your Feet: Incorporating Physical Activity into the K-8 Classroom (Routledge). He teaches graduate-level leadership courses and other educational courses.

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Fast Problem Solving and Innovation with #HackLearning

A conversation with Mark Barnes on episode 64 of the 10-minute Teacher Podcast

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Today Mark Barnes @markbarnes19 discusses a popular method of problem solving: Hack Learning. Instead of a 5 year plan, this model helps educators improve on a daily and more short term basis. He gives examples of how educators are hacking (and improving) meetings and more. Let’s Hack Learning!

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In today’s show, Mark shares how we can hack learning by:

  • Understanding the model of hacking learning
  • Giving us examples including cloud meetings
  • The problems with hacking learning (when people don’t want to change)
  • How to solve problems not marinate in them
  • An exciting perspective on change

I hope you enjoy this episode with Mark!

Want to hear another episode from a Hack Learning author? Listen to Jennifer Gonzalez share her 5 tools she thinks every educator should try in 2017
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Mark BarnesMark Barnes

Mark Barnes is a longtime educator, author, podcaster, and Founder of Times 10 Publications. Mark is the creator of Hack Learning — books, podcasts, presentations and other content that provides right-now solutions for teachers and learners. One of the world’s most recognizable connected educators, @markbarnes19 and his team of internationally-renowned eduhackers are turning the Hack Learning problem-solving model into a global movement. Dedicated to this mission, they are giving away 10,000 books and other free innovative digital content in 2017. Learn more at http://hacklearningfree.com.

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Teaching CyberSecurity to Empower Students and Schools to Be Safe

A conversation with David Raymond of the Virginia Cyber Range on the 10-Minute Teacher #63

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Today David Raymond @dnomyard is part of equipping Virginia high school students to defend themselves from cyber attacks. With knowledge in digital forensics and current technology, the Virginia Cyber Range is working to lead the world in educating its students on cyber security. Learn how in this wide-ranging conversation about modern security.

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This episode is sponsored by Bloomz, my favorite tool for parent communication. They are sponsoring April’s free webinar, 5 Habits to Start Now to Thrive in the Fall. You don’t have to give up your summer to prepare. Learn what I do now to make the fall even more wonderful!

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In today’s show, we’ll discuss:

  • Privacy online
  • Digital hygiene (yes, this is a word!)
  • Password knowledge
  • Digital forensics
  • Issues with Smart devices and security

I hope you enjoy this episode with David!

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David RaymondDavid Raymond Virginia Cyber Range

David Raymond @dnomyard is Director of the Virginia Cyber Range, Deputy Director of Virginia Tech’s IT Security Office and Lab, and adjunct faculty in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at VT. He has taught networking and cybersecurity courses for over 10 years at Virginia Tech and at West Point and is a retired U.S. Army officer.

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