“Giftedness is not what you do or how hard you work. It is who you are. You think differently. You experience life intensely. You care about injustice. You seek meaning. You appreciate and strive for the exquisite. You are painfully sensitive. You are extremely complex. You cherish integrity. Your truth-telling has gotten you in trouble. Should 98% of the population find you odd, seek the company of those who love you just the way you are. You are not broken. You do not need to be fixed. You are utterly fascinating. Trust yourself!”

Linda Silverman~Gifted Development Center Denver

Monday, 25 March 2013

Just another Manic Monday...

Am I the only one who sings the song by the Bangles in my head every time I see this image?  

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Anyhow, I digress.  If you have been reading my blog you know that I am gearing up for EQAO (Education Quality Accountability Office) standardized testing.  Here in Ontario students are assessed in mathematics and language in grades 3 and 6 and then they have to write the OSSLT (Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test) in grade 10.  Last week I posted the first booklet of mathematics questions I compiled for Patterning and Algebra at the grade six level.  It's great to have the questions to review and use for practice ONLY if the students understand WHAT the question is asking them. 

To that end, I have taken the list of KEY WORDS that EQAO publishes and created student friendly posters.  Each poster contains a KEY WORD from the assessments (at all levels) and its corresponding meaning.  I plan to print these new posters, laminate them and put them up in sets around my room.  I might also print them out as a package with four words to a page and make the students little reference booklets.  During EQAO all math and language related teaching posters and materials MUST be removed from the walls BUT they KEY WORDS may stay up.  To me, it was worth making some nice posters in preparation to cover my bare walls this year!  

If you would like your own set of these posters (you don't have to be teaching in Ontario or be taking the assessments to use them) please click on the link below.  Please leave me feedback at my store letting me know if you used them, and if they were useful.

Some other Bangles songs I love: Walk Like An Egyptian, Eternal Flame, If She Knew What She Wants, A Hazy Shade of Winter, In Your Room, My Side of the Bed...sigh, those were the days:)

Happy Monday everyone...have an awesome week!  Good Friday is just 4 days away:)

Here's another great blog link up from one of my favourite bloggers!  Please head over to 2peasandadog and pick up some great math freebies and maybe link up one of your own!

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  1. Wow, these are AWESOME! Thank you!
    The Techie Teacher

    1. You are welcome...totally worth my Sunday:) I know that it will help my students before and during the testing AND I can put them up and LEAVE them up:)

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    1. You are very, very welcome! Have a great week and an even better Easter holiday!

  3. I just left feedback on TpT and shared with our grade six teachers... They look great!


  4. Thanks Erin. I just can't stand another year without the kids knowing the terms before the test. I assume that they should know them by now, and I would like to think that I teach using these KEY WORDS during the year...but somehow, every year, they forget, just in time for the test! This way they can be posted NOW and left there for them to "absorb by osmosis" by the time the test comes around...and they can be left up during testing. I hope that having them up also reminds me to draw the students attention to the KEY WORDS on a more frequent basis!
    Happy Monday!

  5. These are fantastic. Thanks!!!!

    Hodges Herald

  6. Well thank you Elizabeth! I appreciate you stopping by...hope you can use these. I tried to keep them neutral so they could be used by a variety of grade levels. Have a hoppy week:)