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27 Characteristics Of Authentic Assessment. 27 Characteristics Of Authentic Assessment by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education What is “authentic assessment”?

27 Characteristics Of Authentic Assessment

Almost 25 years ago, I wrote a widely-read and discussed paper that was entitled: “A True Test: Toward More Authentic and Equitable Assessment” that was published in the Phi Delta Kappan. I believe the phrase was my coining, made when I worked with Ted Sizer at the Coalition of Essential Schools, as a way of describing “true” tests as opposed to merely academic and unrealistic school tests. I first used the phrase in print in an article for Educational Leadership entitled “Teaching to the (Authentic) Test” in the April 1989 issue. AP and PBL: It Works! I know that many project-based learning teachers are fearful of fully embracing PBL due to the expectations around standardized testing.

AP and PBL: It Works!

We need to honor that fear, because it's not coming from a bad place. Why do we worry? Because we care about kids! Many of our kids are held accountable by the standardized tests they take. PBL Pilot: Matching PBL With Traditional Grading. Editor's Note: Matt Weyers and co-author Jen Dole, teachers at Byron Middle School in Byron, Minnesota, present the fifth installment in a year-long series documenting their experience of launching a PBL pilot program.

PBL Pilot: Matching PBL With Traditional Grading

Project-based learning has been wonderful. MakingLearningVisibleResources - home. MakingLearningVisibleResources - Ladder of Feedback. Ladder of Feedback Guide for Classroom ObservationsThe "Ladder of Feedback”* is a protocol or structure that establishes a culture of trust and constructive support by sequencing feedback in order that is constructive.

MakingLearningVisibleResources - Ladder of Feedback

The idea or plan is presented to the group. Then the group moves through the following steps (moving from one rung of the ladder to the next):Step 1: Clarify Ask clarifying questions to be sure you understand the idea or matter on the table. Avoid clarifying questions that are thinly disguised criticism.Step 2: Value Express what you like about the idea or matter at hand in specific terms. Educational Leadership:Multiple Measures:Why Every Student Needs Critical Friends. The final bell rings on the last day of class before the semester break.

Educational Leadership:Multiple Measures:Why Every Student Needs Critical Friends

Students stream out of the room as the teacher stands by the door. Glancing back at her desk, she sighs. It is piled high with posters, compact discs, index cards, and papers, the stack so tall that half of it falls to the floor in a heap. This pile represents 10 weeks of student work, reflecting students' creativity and mental effort. Educational Leadership:Feedback for Learning:Seven Keys to Effective Feedback. Rubrics. Why Flunking Exams Is Actually a Good Thing. Photo Imagine that on Day 1 of a difficult course, before you studied a single thing, you got hold of the final exam.

Why Flunking Exams Is Actually a Good Thing

The motherlode itself, full text, right there in your email inbox — attached mistakenly by the teacher, perhaps, or poached by a campus hacker. No answer key, no notes or guidelines. Just the questions. Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding. What strategy can double student learning gains? According to 250 empirical studies, the answer is formative assessment, defined by Bill Younglove as "the frequent, interactive checking of student progress and understanding in order to identify learning needs and adjust teaching appropriately. " Unlike summative assessment, which evaluates student learning according to a benchmark, formative assessment monitors student understanding so that kids are always aware of their academic strengths and learning gaps.

Meanwhile, teachers can improve the effectiveness of their instruction, re-teaching if necessary. How Tests Make Us Smarter. Using formative tools for better project results SmartBlogs. In a high-school art room, I watched a student working at an easel.

Using formative tools for better project results SmartBlogs

When I asked about her progress, she explained that she was attempting to paint sunflowers in the style of Monet, her favorite artist. She told me she liked how the flowers were looking but said the vase was giving her trouble. She planned to keep reworking it, applying layers of acrylic until she got the play of light just the way she wanted. The Right Questions, The Right Way.

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15 assessments that don’t suck…

6 BIG Assessment (AFL) Practices. The Best Resources On Grading Practices. Leadership for Grading Practices in the Differentiated Classroom. By Rick Wormeli Asking teachers for their grade books so you can assess their implementation of standards-based grading practices can shoot defensive walls sky high.

Leadership for Grading Practices in the Differentiated Classroom

Declaring that homework cannot count in a final report-card grade may pull the safety pin on a faculty grenade. To complete the war analogy, open discussion of grading practices is often an emotional minefield. Feedback for Learning:Seven Keys to Effective Feedback. Ways to Include Students in the Formative Assessment Process. Improving Written Feedback. This week I gave a seminar at TeachMeet Clevedon.

Improving Written Feedback

I am going to post more fully on my topic of teachers getting better by undertaking ‘deliberate practice‘ sometime soon. One smaller aspect of my presentation was how teachers can improve written feedback, both to improve learning and to marginally reduce the time taken to give written feedback. How the Transactional Approach to Instruction Helps Build Independent Learners. Move alongside students, give feedback, offer them your support during difficult moments, and gradually let go—that’s what ASCD author Rhoda Koenig wants to help you learn to do. In her ASCD book, Learning for Keeps: Teaching the Strategies Essential for Creating Independent Learners, she offers everything from sample lessons to exercises that will support your efforts. How Can We Make Assessments Meaningful? I think meaningful assessments can come in many shapes and sizes.

In fact, to be thoroughly engaging and to draw the best work out of the students, assessments should come in different formats. Thankfully, with the Common Core standards exemplifying the 4Cs -- Creativity and Critical Thinking (through performance-based assessments), Collaboration, and Communication (through the use of interdisciplinary writing) -- we are looking at a more fluid future in testing formats. Feedback to the Future, with Tools Students Really Use. 20 Education Administrator Blogs You Should Start Following Right Now. The 50 Best Blogs for Future Teachers 16.57K Views 0 Likes Jumping into the teaching profession certainly poses quite the potential for intimidation.