We have been in the era of high stakes testing for over a decade now. As educators we must both prepare our students to take standardized tests and regularly give them tests ourselves. Yet we know that some students don’t do well with tests and can even get extremely anxious about them. This anxiety can manifest itself during the testing experience, and cause some students to perform well below their abilities. In addition to poorer performance on tests themselves, some students in a high stakes testing environment may exhibit a decreased interest in learning, increased levels of chronic stress, and even begin to harbor negative attitudes towards themselves, their schooling, and future tests.
The purpose of this course is to help the educator understand what test anxiety is, see how it differs from normal nervousness, understand what factors contribute to it, and acquire effective intervention strategies for helping their students. This independent study course is appropriate for K through grade12 teachers, administrators, support staff and parents.
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Climate change poses the single largest, global threat to life on Earth, and yet the United States and our schools lag far behind the international community in educating and acting responsibly to mitigate the causes and effects of a warming planet. This online course for grades 3-7 teachers uses excellent platforms developed by NASA and the EPA to educate about the science of climate change in kid-friendly, interdisciplinary ways. Youthful graphics, games, lesson samples that cut across science, social studies and math, virtual expeditions to places where climate change is visible, CO2 footprint calculators and more make this a rich learning environment from which grades 3-7 teachers will develop their own units and themes—whether that’s oceans, birds, butterflies, fish, trees, fresh water supplies. Many of your common science units can be modified with a climate change perspective (ie ocean life, plants and animals).