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Google-Proof Questions: Tips for Designing Effective Questions for the Classroom. One tip for designing effective questions is to consider the learning target. Do you want students to evaluate a situation? Are they problem solving to deduce a solution? Perhaps they are debating a controversial topic. Design your questions with multiple layers to Google-proof them, resulting in students thinking at higher levels to arrive at a self-derived conclusion. [4] Some examples of layered questions include: When designing questions to use with students in a blended learning environment, consider how to best maximize students’ learning experiences.

Like the content you see on our blog? [2] Tucker, Catlin R. . [3] Tucker, Catlin R. . [4] Tucker, Catlin R. . [5] Tucker, Catlin R. Google-Proof Questions: Tips for Designing Effective Questions for the Classroom. 6 Brain-Based Learning Strategies to Use in Formative Assessments. Formative (ungraded) assessments may vary in style, but they always share the same, important goals: gather data on student progress and develop an understanding about what students know. As you plan your formative assessments for the new school year, it’s important to also consider implementing a variety of brain-based learning (BBL) techniques in order to most effectively engage students’ brains. Check out this list of formative assessment BBL best practices to get started!

1) Use a variety of learning styles There isn’t one right way to learn, so formative assessments should give students plenty of options to show what they know. Here are some examples of multi-modal formative assessments: 2) Keep it interesting The more creative assessments are the more likely students will remember the content. 3) Provide quick feedback Feedback on formative assessments doesn’t need to be time consuming. 4) Promote a safe, engaging learning environment 5) Feed and water your students’ brains. 15 Ways to Incorporate Formative Assessment Into Instruction. via Pinterest 3. What Are We Going to Learn? At the start, instead of “What are the kids going to do?” Or “What am I going to teach?” Ask, “What are they going to learn?” Then, work from there to define learning targets and identify places where you want to check for understanding. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. via Pinterest 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. via Pinterest 15. Check out Action Pack on Assessment from ASCD, publisher of Educational Leadership® Magazine.

How to Create Effective Homework. Based on a recent spate of articles on homework, it’s clear that the homework wars — how much? How often? — are still topic of big interest to both parents and teachers. Some teachers hate to give homework; others see it as a vital necessity. But according to some research presented by Annie Murphy Paul, the question isn’t how much, but whether the homework teachers do give actually advances learning. “A recent study, published in the Economics of Education Review,” Paul wrote in “How Can We Make Homework Worthwhile?” , “reports that homework in science, English and history has ‘little to no impact’ on student test scores. But to get those elements to work, said Fires in the Mind author and speaker Kathleen Cushman, students must be motivated to do their homework in the first place.

“Christina and Nicholas both remembered a global studies unit on the French Revolution in which students acted out a courtroom trial of the king and queen. “I was the queen. Holly Korbey. Formative Assessment with Plickers. Formative assessment helps teachers make data-informed decisions to plan for and/or adjust instructional activities, identify potential misconceptions, monitor the pace of instruction, etc. While there are many ways to formatively assess students, I recently saw Eric Sheninger use Plickers during his workshop at the Ventura County Office of Education, and thought, what an easy and inexpensive way to quickly assess groups! Purpose and benefitsCollect data from multiple choice or true/false questions from a group.View data as a group snapshot in a graph, or view individual data from audience.Quick, low-tech tool to use, especially when you don't have the budget for clickers. Technology and prep Teacher/Facilitator creates an account at Plickers.Download app for portable device: iTunes or Google Play.Print out a set of reusable cards.

Getting started Last thoughts Multiple choice and true/false responses provide limited data of learning and understanding.