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

Documenting Peer-Reviews leads to better builds

As a project-based learning teacher, I know about the importance of feedback during project runs. I constantly conference with students, formally and informally, trying to […]

Interpreting graphs with "What's Going on in this Graph?"

It's been three years since the New York Times partnered with the American Statistical Association to bring "What's Going on in this Graph?" to teachers […]

Declutter your district Gmail

Having a district Google account has many benefits. From single sign-on to sharing documents with students and using Google classroom, it provides many opportunities for […]

Boss Battles with Google Forms and Sheets - An Update

I spent most of the last summer creating Boss Battles for my gamified classroom. Throughout the school year, I also shared with you a couple […]

Embed a Live Google Slide into a Google Doc

This post falls under the "How did I not know this before" category... Over the last few days, I have been updating my 8th-grade waves […]

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 […]

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