I'm at a loss... Help!

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Registered: 04-19-2005
I'm at a loss... Help!
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Fri, 03-17-2006 - 11:04am
I teach middle school and I'm at a loss with one of my social studies classes. No matter how much I teach them study skills, review with them, etc. They still don't do well on quizzes (which are actually chapter tests). Any suggestions for additional techniques I can do to help them do better? I already allow them the last 10 minutes of the quiz to use a notecard of notes (which is optional)...
TIA!
Heather
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Registered: 06-04-2003
Sat, 03-18-2006 - 12:02pm

What other strategies do you use?? Do you go over the studies skills at least twice a week? Do you give ample time for tests? How much material are you trying to cover? Do you give pre-tests to determine readiness or prior knowledge? Give me some ideas as to what you do before the test....

Are there external factors involved? Bottom line is, there is no real answer as to why. We have all bent over backwards to help children pass tests and they still can't retain information. Just make sure you have done all you can for them before hand and the rest is up to them. Hang in there!!

GT34

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Sat, 03-18-2006 - 5:36pm

Hi, Heather:


Sherry

 

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Sun, 03-19-2006 - 11:39am
My normal routine is have them read for homework & take notes (getting it visually), we discuss in class (so they can hear it), and I try to have them do something with the information (kinest.) such as making posters, they give me notes for the board, use check 'n go for facts they think are important that they wrote down, playing games, showing them visuals, etc. Right now they're doing a unit project that combines the 4 chapters in this unit for a test grade because they're not doing well on unit tests either. Each chapter is usually 3-4 chapters long and I cover a chapter about every week. I try to involve everyone with discussion, have them pick out what is important, practice summarizing, review info a multitiude of ways (partner or small group review, whole class review, review games, review puzzles, etc.) I try to get them to see the connections between each of the lessons by having them go back and compare them. The last chapter, I had a poster on the front board where I had a map of Africa and each of the civilizations we covered was coded a different color. Then around the map I had the kids give me important info so that they could see a different way of taking notes as well as discussing the similarities between each of them. The class is World History and I honestly only have so much time I could even think of going up to the computer lab with them (plus there's a few behavior issues I would need to get headaches over for the lab). I knew going into this year that the students were a lower class than I was used to, but I'm just at a loss. At least for their religion book, they also have online quizzes for each chapter to help them review though most don't take the opportunity. It's just frustrating because I know the kids who try, and those who don't care and it's hard to try to get some involved in whatever we are doing.
Arg.
Heather
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Registered: 12-22-2003
Sun, 03-19-2006 - 11:48am

Have you tried having *your students* make up a review sheet and/or a mock quiz?

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