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Personalize SAT Practice Online
Official SAT® Practice for the redesigned SAT has gone live on KhanAcademy.org, making free, personalized online practice available for all students. Unlike traditional high-priced test prep that focuses on strategies for taking the test and quick cramming, Official SAT Practice supports and reinforces what students are learning in classrooms by helping them focus on the knowledge and skills essential for college readiness.
Incorporate Mapping Activities into the Curriculum
Hosted by the Science Education Research Center (SERC) at Carlton College, the Teaching with Maps website providesK–12 cross-curricular lessons and activities on integrating visual learning, spatial thinking, and quantitative skills. Educators can browse or search activities by category (K–8, 9–12, AP/IB/Honors) and refine results by resource type, subject, and grade level. Links provide collections of lessons in climate and energy, earth science, geoscience data, Mars, microbes, and more. A section for professional development includes teaching strategies.
Inspire Students to Think Critically and Creatively
The Denver Art Museum’s Creativity Resource for Teachers offers fresh ideas—written by visual arts, language arts, and social studies teachers—to inspire students to think critically and creatively. Among the featured activities are “Capturing Images Through Words,” in which students closely examine an image of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Petunia and Glass Bottle and then use words to capture what they see. The teacher then uses those words to write a poem about the painting.
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