Category: Assessments

Student Learning Wall Guide: Empowering Student Voice

Checkout ALE/PBL Guide Entering most classrooms, there is information about the learning outcomes and assignments posted. The purpose is to let students know what is the focus and follow up work that is connected. This information is like the billboards along the highways. People drive by without paying attention to the signs that become lost in …

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Formative Assessments for Innovative Instruction & Learning

Assessment is a major topic that teachers discuss when implementing innovative instruction, such as PBL or Authentic Learning Experiences (ALE). When the PBL/ALE unit starts at the beginning of your instruction, students do better. Makes your use of assessment stronger. PBL/ALE “after” a unit is dessert, which makes learning difficult. Here are some sources for …

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High Impact Feedback & Formative Assessment Resources

  Guides for giving good feedback and using formative assessments are many and varied. Here is a distilled list of articles that create a solid foundation for doing both and extends practice for the veterans who seek to build on what they already do. If you have suggestions for other resources to add, please post …

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6 Good Tools to Differentiate Instruction

Last year I wrote for Edutopia a six-part series that’s spanned two months. What a great experience it’s been to share ideas. The response by readers has been amazing. So what follows is that deeper dive, including added resources since the posting of the original article. Here’s an article that goes to the heart of student choice. …

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Steps to Address Student Apathy and Critical Thinking

I got a question from S. Crowder asking how to address student apathy and struggles with developing critical thinking skills through Differentiation for STEM/PBL curriculum. It’s an important concern that is shared by many who truly want their students to succeed. So I’m sharing the post here (with some word edits). I invite you to …

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40+ E-Portfolio Resources

40+ ePortfolio Resources e-Portfolios empower students to be reflective about their learning. Sifting through their work, they find artifacts that best represents their deep understanding academically, personally, and professionally. There are different uses for e-Portfolios: Demonstrate learning targets from a unit. Reflectively monitor their academic growth in a course or regarding skill-sets. Archive quality experiences …

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RAFTs: Coaching Writing Tips

During workshops, I sometimes survey the teachers in the room: Rate yourself on a 5 pt scale. A five equals, “I can write for publication with confidence.” A one equals, “I do not like to write, preferring to avoid it when I can.” Yes, I know… rating scales should avoid an odd number range because …

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Formative Assessment Cycle – A necessary good

“Differentiation is making sure that the right students get the right learning tasks at the right time. Once you have a sense of what each student holds as ‘given’ or ‘known’ and what he or she needs in order to learn, differentiation is no longer an option; it is an obvious response.” –Lorna M. Earl[i] …

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Learning Preferences Cards

Students need opportunities to practice Global Competencies like Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Innovation, and Influencing across networks. This is why working in teams gives them the opportunities to practice these skills and to get coaching by the teacher and others. Yet one challenge with teams is the fear that some students will dominate, while others will …

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Goal Setting

January 1 is nearly here. It’s a time when many fitness club attendance increases. Already, as one of my closest friends has commented, the classes are getting crowded and available exercise machines are harder to find. As annoying as this time is for devotes of fitness, my friend notes that in a month the crowds …

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