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Do you have advice on designing a Research class for students who are preparing for SAT/ACT exams? I'm a first-year teacher.

Aug 27, 2013 2:36am

I am a recent graduate and career changer going from the communications field into the education field. The most experience I have in running a classroom is from a substitute teacher standpoint so developing lessons and expectations is all new to me. I will be teaching a research class which will primarily focus on assisting students prepare for SAT/ACT/ PERT or improving their scores on the tests. I will also have students who will be accelerating other coursework to graduate on time. Do you have any advice on how to design coursework or lessons accordingly? My entire classroom is set up with computers for the students to use to conduct research or do their work. I appreciate any tips you may have!

  • English Language Arts / Math / Technology / Other
  • 9-12
  • Assessment / Behavior / Class Culture / Common Core / Digital Literacy / Engagement / New Teachers / Planning


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    • Aug 29, 2013 4:26am


      I used to teach an SAT prep class. A large portion of class was vocabulary development and scaffolding the test taking process for different types of questions. If you do this, you could design the course using Universal Design for Learning so students could express their knowledge is different ways, since you have all those computers. Definitely check out UDL at

      Good luck,
      Katie Novak

      • Jun 26, 2014 4:53pm

        I am also in the process of a mid-career change and I am attempting to obtain my Masters at Teaching. This summer is my first semester; and, I have also taken both the Praxis I and Praxis II this Summer. I had no idea what actual content to study for the English Praxis II, so I bought three separate "AP" Study Guide Books, one on American/ English Grammar, the other on Grammar, and the last on Reading. These three twenty dollar books have been awesome in helping me to create lesson plans while also, (sort of) studying for the Praxis II at the same time. They are a quick reference and give you an idea of how to organize the information (or how not to). They act as a great starting point. A non-citable, tertiary point, if you must. Therefore, my advice would be to spend some time in the study guide aisle at Barnes and Noble, or a less chain bookstore, perusing the study guides which are out there not only for these specific tests, but the "AP" ones in general. I hope this helps and best of luck to you!