Oona Abrams

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Multiple Choice in the ELA Classroom: 5 Best Practices and 3 Past Practices

Posted by Oona Abrams on Apr 9, 2013 10:30:19 AM

Like all parents, I sometimes struggle with my child at homework time. My first grader's regular math exercises  include a variety of activities, including  multiple choice questions. He often bubbles whatever answer strikes his fancy in hopes that I won't notice or check his work. In anticipation of this, I now cover the answer options on his worksheet with mini post-it's and ask him to work out the answer before he can lift up the stickies and fill in the bubbles. (Can you tell I'm the teacher mother?) This week, he was particularly frustrated with my strategy. It was 4:00.  He wanted to go over to his friend's house to play. He gave me that wide-eyed, Puss in Boots, imploring gaze and argued, "But Mom, sometimes bubbles help me. Can't you just tell me the answer?" Now there's a question I have fielded before. I gave him my stock answer: "I'll tell you the right answer, honey. But then you have to tell me why it's right."

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Topics: assessment, Assessments, multiple choice, testing, tips

For Students: Getting a Letter of Recommendation from Your Teacher

Posted by Oona Abrams on Feb 6, 2013 12:36:16 PM

Many students don't have a clue when it comes to asking for a letter of recommendation.  With college applications going out now, it's a great time to help students learn the etiquette for obtaining a letter of recommendation (which can certainly make your life easier!)  

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Topics: Classroom Management, letter of recommendation, writing

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