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  • lynnpape
    There are 2 groups. Try nbpts_enl
    Message 1 of 12 , May 26, 2012
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      There are 2 groups. Try nbpts_enl

      --- In NBTC-ENL@yahoogroups.com, "polanka9867" <janet.beane@...> wrote:
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      > I just found this group as I was looking for more ideas about how to study for the four domains assessment. I went to Files and it was empty! Could you send me the sample that you referenced below? I'm trying to make sure that I get a good score this time around. Also, if there is a book or type of book that would be useful, could you share that as well. I've been working through all my old textbooks, just to make sure that I am up on the content.
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      > --- In NBTC-ENL@yahoogroups.com, Gelene Strecker <gelene@> wrote:
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      > > below is the response i gave to someone...
      > > see it if helps.. it goes w/ the attachement i just sent...
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      > > " I FOUND A SAMPLE OF WHAT I WROTE FOR THE FIRST ASSESSMENT QUESTION.. I TOOK OUT ALL MY JUNK B/C YOU NEED TO WORK IT FOR YOURSELF & ADD WHAT WORKS FOR YOU.  :). BUT IT IS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW I BROKE THE QUESTION DOWN AND FOCUSED ON WHAT I READ REPEATEDLY IN THE STANDARDS..I WANTED TO MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE THAT.... AND ALSO MAKES IT EASIER FOR THE ASSESSERS TO GRADE AND IT KEEPS ME TO THE POINT.. YOU WILL EVEN SEE MY MNEUMONIC DEVICE I MADE FOR MYSELF TO KEEP MYSELF ON TRACK AND MAKE SURE THAT I HIT/TALKED ABOUT CERTAIN THINGS..
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      > >  THE STANDARDS ARE THE KEY TO EVERYTHING.. IT TOOK ME AWHILE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT A STRATEGY WAS, VS A METHOD OR A TECHNIQUE.. WHAT I CALL A STRATEGY OTHERS CALLED A TECHNIQUE?? AND THEN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN INSTRUCTIONAL AND A LEARNING STRATEGY.... I HAD TO MAKE SURE I DIDN'T CONFUSE THEM... IN THE END I THINK I'M STILL NOT POSITIVE ON STRATEGY VS. TECHNIQUE..AND I INTERMIX THEM FREQUENTLY.. UGH..
      > > AND HONESTLY.. I THINK THAT IN THE STANDARDS AND THE QUYESTIONS.. THEY INTERMIX THEM TOO.. THAT IS WHY SO MANY OF US HAVE DIFFICULTLY TYRING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THEY MEAN.. THEY WILL USE DIFFERRNT TERMINOLOGY TO MEAN THE SAME THING.. ADN THAT CAN REALLY THROW YOU...
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      > > BUT IT IS WHAT IT IS.. I THINK TOO ONCE YOUR REALLY KNOW/SPEAK TO THE STANDARDS IN YOUR WRITING/ENTRIES THEN IT WILL COME TO YOU BETTER IN A FEW MONTHS WHEN YOU START TO STUDY FOR THE ASSESSMENT.. SO NO WORRIES.. SEE MY ATTACHMENT AND MAKE SURE TO SAVE IT SO YOU CAN REFER TO IT LATER..
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      > > I ALSO FOUND THIS IN MY EMAIL INFO THAT I SAVED FROM WHEN I WAS GOING THRU BOARDS A COUPLE YEARS AGO..
      > > IT IS TO SOMEONE ON THE YAHOO GROUP/BOARD NAMED 'TONYA' FROM SOMEONE NAMES 'KAREN IN NC' WHO USED TO SCORE THE ASSESSMENTS..."The best thing you can do for AC is practice. I know that sounds tedious, but half of the battle is knowing what is expected and being able to clear your head so that you can think. People panic about the 30 minute time limit. But, if you just type for 30 minutes, you'd be amazed at how much you could actually say. I have socred AC for quite a few years now, and I see sometimes two full pages for answers! I am amazed at it, but it really isn't that odd.
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      > > Break the prompts down- most ask for 2-3 things. You have to be sure that you do not spend too much time on one area and run out of time in another. Some of what is asked for is very specific- Identify blah , blah blah. Do it- don't belabor it, just do it an dmove on to the rest." THAT IS WHAT I TRIED TO DO IN MY FRAMEWORK.. SET IT UP TO ANSWER ALL THE POINTS.. THEN HIT IT AND MOVE ON.. :)
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      > > HOPE THIS HELPS!
      > > G
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      > > From:Gelene Strecker [mailto:gelene@]
      > > Sent: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 9:47 AM
      > > To: Alcock, Alisa
      > > Subject: Re:
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      > > i'm soo happy!! good for you.. i totally understand what you mean.. by not knowing waht works or not.. it is all a lot to take in at once.. that is for sure..
      > >  
      > > i remember my winter break.. i sat and wrote for about 8-10 hrs every day.. i also had my kids at home who were 5 &8 at the time.. AND my inlaws were living w/ us too.. my father in law had dymentia.. and my mom in law who is very nice and helpful..but an INCESSANT talker...and complainer... ugh..
      > > but i made it thru..
      > > WAIT.. this isn't all about me! it is about you!! haahaa.. sorry.. can't help it.. i go right back to that place in time. heehee..
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      > > OK.. yes... working over break!
      > > use your time well.. work as much & as often as you can... but also find time to enjoy your self and family..
      > > sometimes getting a break from one entry to do another or come back to an entry after a day will help clear things up..
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      > > ah yes.. the access test.. evidently you are also in a state that does wida is see :-)
      > >  
      > > lastly... about the computer test..
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      > > 1- ck to see when you have to sign up by.. don't wait to sign up. if i remember correctly they give you a #? or something and you have to use it by a certain date. i remember i didnt' want to get lost in all the other stuff and put it off and not get to use the free #. i believe i signed up in january to take the test in june..
      > > 2-i did mine/signed up for it first thing at the start of summer break. i gave myself a few extra days to work/study after school was out before taking it.. i also started studying for it in early may/late april?...about a month after i turned in the entries.. i just desparately needed a break... and then i studied a lot for it.. i didn't blow it off.. overall i did well on all of them.. with the exception of the definitions.. i don't know what i mistudied? so i can't really speak to that. perhaps someone else has info on that.. sorry..
      > > 3- the strategy which worked for me was that i loooked again to the standards and the question.. i broke it down into a framework for each of the 5 questions.. and i memorized the framework.. that way.. when i got to the asseessment center i knew exactly what each question wanted & i wouldn't freeze up..
      > > i just had to 'plug in' the situation/scenario they gave me and answer for each of the parts of my frame.. hope that makes sense...
      > > also.. i had a generic set of scaffolds and strategies in mind that i usee all the time..  i would default to those/weave those in when i could b/c it so easy to write about since i use those scaffolds and strategies alll the time...
      > > 4- be a decent typist... i knew someone who said they didn't pass b/c they weren't a good typist.. i'm not great.. but i'm fairly fast, evenn though i make a lot of mistakes as you ccan see in this email.. but since they don't count off for that i just make sure to put in my periods so the reader knew when my thought was finished.. :) as you jcan tell i also cut out capitals.. which isn't a good thing i think.. but now that i started it .. i'm too lazy to stop haahaa
      > > for you.. i think after ALLL the typing we do for the entries i felt like i was a pretty fast typer...
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      > > OK.. i have to get back to work!! keep the questions coming.. i will do what i can to help answer them... and again congrats on the taping!!!! whooo hooo!
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      > > From:"Alcock, Alisa" <alisa.alcock@>
      > > To: Gelene Strecker <gelene@>
      > > Sent: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 7:37 AM
      > > Subject: RE:
      > > Hi Gelene!
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      > > After the video, I was kind of bummed, because I wasn’t sure if I was going to use it.  I just felt so awkward during it, because I tried to not get too involved, and then when I would speak up and talk with the group I didn’t know if it was TOO much interaction, or not enough, etc.  Anyway, I was in a bit of a funk, but then I watched it last night with a friend of mine who did pass the boards (on her first time through and with a great score, so I trust her!) and she said it was great, and told me to definitely use it.  So, I guess it went great! 
      > >  
      > > Now I feel like I have all of the elements I need, and I can just start WRITING.  I think that’s what a lot of my Christmas break will be!  But that’s okay… I want to get a head start before ACCESS hits in January!
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      > > Question for you:   How was the computer assessment?  Was it harder/easier than expected?  Anything you wish you had studied more?  Notes in general on what to study?
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      > > Thanks for your help, Gelene!!
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      > > Alisa
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      > > P.S.  By the way… where are you a teacher?  I teach K-5 ELLs at two schools in Boone County, Kentucky.  Nice to meet you! J
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      > > From:Gelene Strecker [mailto:gelene@]
      > > Sent: Monday, December 19, 2011 9:08 PM
      > > To: Alcock, Alisa
      > > Subject: Re:
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      > > how did it go today w/ taping :)
      > > hope it went great!!
      > > g
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      > > From:"Alcock, Alisa" <alisa.alcock@>
      > > To: "gelene@" <gelene@>
      > > Sent: Monday, December 19, 2011 11:58 AM
      > > Subject: Re:
      > > Hi Gelene,
      > > >Thanks for getting back to me.  I am the same (younger kids) so any help is greatly appreciated!  I am actually going to video this in about ten minutes, haha!  Let me know your thoughts though…  it is a group of three boys/pull out, and no other kids in the room.
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      > > >I thought about reading the boys a story and discussing the story elements with them (characters, setting, problem, solution, maybe even moral?) Then I was going to make a worksheet where they come up with, as a group, ideas for each of the elements for their own story. On the worksheet it'll have space for at least 3 ideas for each so that each boy will have to give input for one idea each. Example: Shunuke might be a duck for the main character, Shimon a boy, and Kanan a talking toy.  Then, the boys will have to agree on one of each element to write a story about.  Then, I was going to have the boys write their story with their elements, and alo incorporate the vocabulary that we just worked on (the words you saw in yesterdays video.) Id first model this activity before letting them loose on it but my HOPE is this would generate a lot of conversation and sharing ideas? Also, I can talk about how it has reading, writing, etc. And the story elements I
      > > am sure are content?
      > > >Thanks again !
      > > >Alisa
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      > > ________________________________
      > > From: tania_chico <tania_chico@>
      > > To: NBTC-ENL@yahoogroups.com
      > > Sent: Monday, January 2, 2012 1:45 PM
      > > Subject: [NBTC-ENL] Resources
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      > > I am currently writing and preparing for to test in June...
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      > > I had looked at the Database and attachments earlier but did not download any, now they are gone! If you have ANY resources that would help me write or prepare for testing I would be so very grateful!
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      > > Tania
      > > tchico74@
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