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Good assessment is frequent assessment. Any assessment is designed to provide a snapshot of student understand—the more snapshots, the more complete the full picture of knowledge. On its best day, an assessment will be 100% effective, telling you exactly what a student understands. More commonly, the return will be significantly lower as the wording of questions, the student’s sense of self-efficacy, or other factors diminish their assessment performance. It sounds obvious, but a student is a human being with an entire universe of personal problems, distraction, and related challenges in recalling the information in the form the assessment demands. This makes a strong argument for frequent assessment, as it can be too easy to over-react and “remediate” students who may be banging against the limits of the assessment’s design rather than their own understanding.
Simulations help students develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for success in the world at large. They provide a safe playing field for students to try new roles, skills, and responsibilities. Now is the time to start planning simulations for your classroom as some are open for registration, and many others begin in the late summer or early fall. Simulations have proven to be an important tool to developing many aspects of global competence. They motivate students through real-world, relevant events and compel students to combine content knowledge with critical thinking and reasoning skills.
iBooks Author is still making the news in the educational sphere. This is probably the first mobile app to be embraced wholly in education in such a short time since its release. After posting a simple and guided tutorial on how teachers can use the different services of iBooks Author , today I am sharing with you some hands-on examples of what students can actually do with it.
New Milford High School graduation Credit: http://www.newmilford-nj.patch.com We exist in a world where almost everything in real time is streaming online -- from concerts and sporting events to breaking world news eight time zones away. Technology has truly made the world a smaller place. Yet schools are slow to catch the technologies available for streaming, due to shrinking budgets, personnel cutbacks and training voids. As your school lays the groundwork for the upcoming year, the adoption of live-streaming a few of your significant events might be a good topic to propose at the first Home and School Meeting this August.
What Is It? Document-based whole-class discussion is a classroom activity where students engage in the interpretation and reconciliation of multiple historical documents. Rather than a heated debate, the classroom dynamic resembles a deliberative seminar, where the teacher plays an active role in facilitating student participation. Rationale The value of document-based whole-class discussion is threefold: Speech is an important scaffold for academic writing; students who observe and participate in discussions where they are expected to substantiate their claims with textual evidence are better prepared to do so in their writing.
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