Teaching Above the Test

As a STEM, Project Based Learning educator, I share all the projects I have developed for use in my middle school science and engineering design classroom. I write about edtech, gamification, and differentiation, sharing my experiences and discoveries. I pay particular attention to things that can be used by all educators in their daily practice without having to invest a lot of time or money.

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Posts by Teaching Above the Test

Reviewing Content with Shiny Bosses

By far, the greatest successful addition to my game this year was the Boss Battles. Piloted at the end of last year, and fully implemented […]

Foldables or what to do when there are no devices allowed

I am sure that many of you are familiar with the foldable idea. There are books and blogs specifically dedicated to them, and the whole […]

Experience Points for Student Goal Setting

A couple of days ago, I posted about using forms and sheets for student reflections. As I was pushing it out to students, I started […]

Reflective Students with Google Forms and Sheets

It is the end of the semester, and like most teachers, my colleagues and I are currently under the barrage of with last minute regrade requests […]

Drag and drop with Google Draw and Slides

This morning, as I was looking over my upcoming lessons on analyzing webs I found out that the app I used to create drag and […]

First Perfect Hit - Tweaks to the Boss Battles

A couple of months ago I shared with you how to create Boss Battles using Google Forms and Sheets and assign XP automatically using the Vlookup function. […]

Five ways to use Pop-ups

A couple of days ago, @JakeMillerTech posted a way to create a pop-up window on Google Docs. When you see the phrase "Code a popup […]

Collaborative Annotations Using Scrible

Book annotation 2 by Katherine Stone As many of you may have experienced in your own educational journey, at some point I was taught about annotating […]

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Eight reasons to love GoFormative

In a recent tweet, my good friend and colleague @JudyZaccheo posted the following "challenge" After trying @Goformative years ago and hating it....I think I’m finally […]

The "Once a Zero - Always a Zero" policy as a first step

First Step by Porapak Apichodilok  Every year at this time, I get pushback from many of my educator friends and the parents of my students for AdVENTURE's […]

Beat the Teacher - Back to School Edition

On many occasions during the game-based learning and gamification Tweeter chats I participate in, we've talked about game skins (#games4ed, #XPLAP). For those of you that may […]

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