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April 23, 2014

TPS: A Hidden Gem of Instructional Strategies

By Petra Claflin

An instructional strategy that is often overlooked or misused is Think-Pair-Share (TPS).  The basic concept is simple – pose a question, give some think time, have them talk in pairs, then share out with the class – but it’s also simple to use it improperly and not see its full value.  Here are... READ MORE

April 22, 2014

YES Prep is Nationally Ranked for the 8th Year Running

This year all four of our qualifying high schools ranked among the top 15 in Texas and in the top 30 nationally among charter schools! Looking at open-enrollment schools only, our North Central campus is the top public school in the state!  To see all the rankings, click here: http://www.usnews.com... READ MORE

April 18, 2014

10 Tips for Tackling Test Prep

By Petra Claflin

It’s test prep season!  No matter how you feel about your state tests, almost all of us have students who are not prepared for them and we also know how important the results are for our students.  And if groups of our students are lacking important skills at this point in the year, it’s a good... READ MORE

April 15, 2014

4 Ways to Increase Student Ownership

By Petra Claflin

As the Spring wears on, many teachers struggle with keeping students invested during two specific phases – the ‘crunch time’ before major assessments and the ‘down time’ after major assessments.  During crunch time, sometimes the pressure gets to all of us and our students can get burned out. ... READ MORE

April 11, 2014

The Risk in Rewards

By Petra Claflin

I’ve been reading the book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink, and it’s made me think about the role of rewards as a strategy to motivate students.  According to the research Pink shares, while rewards may boost motivation in the short-term, the use of rewards... READ MORE

April 07, 2014

A Step-by-Step Guide to Compacting a Unit

By Petra Claflin

We have all come across those students who seem to know all of the content for a unit.  Maybe it’s because the student is particularly obsessed with the subject or maybe it’s because s/he is repeating the class or grade level and so mastered some units last year.  For these students and also the... READ MORE