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College Board releases preview of new SAT exam questions

The revisions, announced in broad terms in March, were fleshed out in detail Wednesday as the College Board released draft sample questions and a new framework for the 88-year-old test.

One sample question asks about this sentence: “The coming decades will likely see more intense clustering of jobs, innovation, and productivity in a smaller number of bigger cities and city-regions.”

Students are then asked whether “intense” most nearly means: (A) emotional; (B) concentrated; (C) brilliant; or (D) determined. The answer is B.

Other sample questions ask for analysis of a complex congressional speech on impeachment and for interpretation of data from a passage and informational graphic about turtle migration.

Modifying the Flipped Classroom: The “In-Class” Version


Besides the fact that it avoids the home-related problems of a traditional flip, the In-Class Flip has other advantages as well:

  1. The teacher can observe whether students are really watching. When attention starts to stray, the instructor can get students back on track right away. To boost accountability even more, try a platform like Educanon, which allows you to embed any video into an online multiple-choice assessment that you create yourself.
  2. The initial exposure to the video content has a better chance to sink in. The teacher can answer questions with more immediacy. And for students who struggle, the instructor can send them directly back to the video for a refresher.
  3. Hardware is (presumably) safer. There’s less risk of a device getting broken or lost if it remains in the classroom.

DSHA students (98%) responded to a technology survey in March/April 2014. Questions presented were about BYOD, social media, how they use technology for and at school. I made a brief video and shared highlights of our results with students, parents, and our faculty & staff.

If you have questions about the survey or are interested to know more - contact me! (ask / email / tweet)

Using theater to tell students’ stories about childhood trauma, PTSD, and restorative discipline

Cornerstone Theater Company and The California Endowment collaborated with the community of Long Beach to talk about what’s really going on in Long Beach schools. They created a theater piece based on those real stories. Long Beach community members, alongside professional actors, performed the play at the Long Beach Art Center. It’s a real story about trauma and childhood PTSD, school discipline and suspensions, resiliency and restorative justice from the kids who live it everyday.

La. principal’s success is a lesson in perseverance

Mr. Sonnier can’t even make a frown if he tries. “The smile just wants to break out,” he said. “That’s just me. That’s just me, Mr. Hartman, that’s just me.” The guy clearly loves his job.

He’s new to the principal position, but he’s been working at this same school for more than 30 years. In fact, Mr. Sonnier began his career in education just down the hall. “This was my office right here,” he said, opening the door to a small closet. Office in the most liberal sense of the word.

"This is a mop room," he acknowledged.