Self-Determination Theory and the ACT

Published on Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 by

Chalk Talk #35 “Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side.” *Ba dum tsh* Here’s what we can gather from this joke: the chicken was motivated to get to the other side, so no matter the obstacles or dangers of crossing the road, it somehow did it. Motivation is key […]

Foster a Love for Reading

Published on Thursday, August 8th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #34 Written by: Taylor Causey  “A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.”-Mark Twain With summer wrapping up, there’s one thing all English teachers around the nation are just itching to discover… Yep, you guessed it: it’s whether or not their students completed the assigned summer reading. […]

Four Reasons Prep Can’t Happen

Published on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #33 Written by: Craig Gehring, Founder and CEO of MasteryPrep Is there a vacation in your far-off dreams, always on the horizon, seemingly never getting closer? Always pushed back by the relentless currents of time and resources and priorities? That vacation is proof that “one day” can all too easily mean “never.” The […]

Combating Summer Learning Loss

Published on Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #32 Written by: Craig Gehring, Founder and CEO of MasteryPrep As summer ends and students return to the classroom, your teachers may find themselves having to re-teach content that they dedicated countless hours to previously. Many students will lose at least a month’s worth of learning during the summer (Polikoff, 2017), and, therefore, start […]

The Power of FOMO

Published on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #31 Written by: Craig Gehring, Founder and CEO of MasteryPrep With summer in full swing, it seems almost anytime you check social media, you see pictures of friends having fun on vacation and just can’t help but have this feeling like you’re missing out. We all experience FOMO, “fear of missing out,” from […]

101 Ideas for Motivating Students

Published on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #30 Written by: Craig Gehring, Founder and CEO of MasteryPrep Attitude is a choice and choices affect our outcomes in life. By motivating your students to succeed, you can improve their attitudes towards the ACT and help them increase their scores. Motivations are generally separated into two main types based on the nature […]

GPA vs. ACT Score

Published on Thursday, June 20th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #28 It’s easy to think that a student with a high GPA will score highly on the ACT and, therefore, not require as much test prep as a student with a low GPA. In all actuality, high GPA’s do not always correlate to high ACT scores and vice-versa. There is a fundamental […]

5 ACT Prep Motivation Killers

Published on Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #27 Schools work hard to build a college-going culture, to make ACT prep accessible, and to motivate their students to plan for success after high school. However, all that work is for naught if your ACT prep approach actually demotivates students. Watch out for these common motivation killers: Testing too much. Random […]

Test Anxiety Destroys Test Scores

Published on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #26 Test anxiety destroys test scores and causes even top-performing students to struggle. Cognitive psychology provides an interesting method for reducing text anxiety. Watch this chalk talk (8:54) to learn more: Click here: Feel free to share with your teachers. Looking for summer professional development opportunities for your teachers? Check out our […]

10 Ideas for Embedding ACT Prep in the Classroom

Published on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #25 One of the best ways to improve ACT scores is rigorous high school course work. So if your ACT prep disrupts your classes, you’re shooting yourself in the foot.  In this video, I give 10 ideas for embedding ACT prep in the classroom. With some of these, your students won’t even know they’re […]