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Do you want to take your students on a journey? Awra Amba is a small village in Northern Ethiopia, founded in the early 1970s by a group of idealistic farmers. Take your class to a unique gender-equal democracy and successful social enterprise in Ethiopia, with a free trial of this outstanding resource. Awra Amba – A thriving gender equal democracy The farmers, all illiterate at the time, set out to co-create a new society from scratch; where women and men would be treated as equals, and where everyone would have access to education and healthcare.

The Awra Amba educational resource: The Main Idea Visible Learning for Teachers April 2013. A Century of Grading Research: Meaning and Value in the Most Common Educational Measure - Academic Commons. Title: A Century of Grading Research: Meaning and Value in the Most Common Educational Measure Author(s): Brookhart, Susan M.

A Century of Grading Research: Meaning and Value in the Most Common Educational Measure - Academic Commons

Guskey, Thomas R. How Students Critiquing One Another’s Work Raises The Quality Bar. Too often, when students produce school work, they turn it into a teacher for a grade and move on.

How Students Critiquing One Another’s Work Raises The Quality Bar

And after the teacher spends time evaluating the student’s work, many students never look at the feedback, a cycle that frustrates both parties and isn’t the most effective way to learn. Several schools are trying a different model — one that takes more time but also helps students feel more ownership over the quality of their work. 5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools. I thought I could read my students' body language.

5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools

I was wrong. As an experiment, I used Socrative when I taught binary numbers. What I learned forever changed my views on being a better teacher. Every Teacher’s Guide to Assessment. It’s not a stretch to say that assessment is a hot button issue in education; however, you’d be hard pressed to find an educator who doesn’t see the value in measuring student progress.

Every Teacher’s Guide to Assessment

Assessments themselves have been vilified, when, in fact, it’s why assessments are given and how the data is used that is really the issue. The Glossary of Education Reform gives this great overview of what high-stakes testing is and how it impacts students, teachers, and schools. Basically, high-stakes testing has consequences for the test-takers and givers—sometimes in the form of a high school diploma, grade advancement, and even teachers’ salaries.

But not all assessment is high-stakes, and when done thoughtfully, the right assessment can provide extremely useful information for all stakeholders—students, teachers, parents, schools, and policy-makers Let’s take a look at what assessment is, why it’s important, and how it can be delivered in the classroom in a useful manner. The Inconvenient Truths About Assessment - TeachThought PD. The Inconvenient Truths About Assessment by Terry Heick For in-person professional development from TeachThought on effective assessment (or any other topic your school or district might need), contact us today.

The Inconvenient Truths About Assessment - TeachThought PD

Ed note: this post has been updated and republished from a March 2015 post 1. In terms of pedagogy, the primary purpose of an assessment is to provide data to revise planned instruction. 2. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. On Flipboard. A classroom teacher’s guide to formative assessment. I’m working on a guide to formative assessment for classroom teachers.

A classroom teacher’s guide to formative assessment

I want to do two things: first, set out clear principles and introduce the research underpinning them; second, show how these principles work in practice through discussing an extensive range of examples. Why? Two millstones burden formative assessment; two current trends demand we look at it afresh. Millstone #1. Avoid over-reliance on tests and exams. Amid calls for a more holistic approach towards children’s development and learning, the recently announced changes in the scoring for the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) are a welcome step in the right direction.

Avoid over-reliance on tests and exams

These changes have once again brought to the fore issues around high-stakes testing and exams. The sciences of human cognition and learning tell us that standardised tests provide a reasonably objective measure of human ability in applying a learnt set of knowledge and skills. Part of what contributes to the sense of objectivity is a seductive reduction of human ability to a quantifiable metric such as a percentage score or a letter grade.

Yet, what often goes unnoticed is that this measurement is done under very controlled settings: Students take the test individually, in one sitting, over a short period of time, without the use of resources, and in settings largely removed from the settings in which that knowledge is to be applied. Second, resourcefulness matters. Beyond Grades: Do Games Have a Future As Assessment Tools? Most tests represent a snapshot of one moment in the trajectory of a student’s academic journey, extrapolating what the student has learned overall.

Beyond Grades: Do Games Have a Future As Assessment Tools?

There are plenty of ways educators are trying to supplement those tests with more nuanced, formative assessments. With the advent of game-based learning, educators have been investigating how data collected from video game play could provide insight into the way students think as they explore new concepts. 6 EdTech Tools for Modernizing Assessment. By Jayme Cook Teaching and learning assessments have changed drastically over the past two decades.

6 EdTech Tools for Modernizing Assessment

An Interesting Infographic on The Differences between Summative and Formative Assessment. June 9, 2016 After the huge interaction we received following the posting of ’12 Great Formative Assessment Tools for Teachers’ we decided to re-share with you this visual that we created almost two years ago. The visual sums up some of the key differences between summative and formative assessment. Insights included here are based on Frey and Fisher's book " Literacy 2.0 : Reading and Writing in The 21st Century Classroom. " The illustrative examples are taken from Eberly Center page. Eight ways teachers can reduce their marking mountain. Edsurge. 10 images to share at your next faculty meeting. 60 Non-Threatening Formative Assessment Techniques.

60 Non-Threatening Formative Assessment Techniques by TeachThought Staff As frequently as a chef needs to check a sauce for taste, teachers should check for understanding. These can be formal–formative or summative assessment, multiple choice, short answer, essay, matching, and related iconic “test” forms. But they can also be informal–conversations, gallery walks, sketches, and more. The 3 Stages of Documentation OF/FOR/AS Learning. Documentation OF/FOR/AS Learning has many objectives, goals, levels, and components.

My work is concentrating on making pedagogical documentation visible and shareable to amplify teaching and learning. I believe that using technology, as a tool, to be able to share best practices, to make thinking and learning visible to ourselves and others, is the key to transform teaching and learning. Top 10 standards-based grading articles. Every once in a while, I receive an email from an educator or parent interested in standards-based grading (SBG) and he/she asks for an introductory reading list. I typically attach several of my favorites and then link to an ongoing list of articles curated during the past several years for further reading.

Earlier this week, a professional acquaintance suggested I share a top ten standards-based grading articles list. Challenge accepted! Without further ado, here is my top ten standards-based grading articles¹. Scriffiny, P.L. (2008). The Almighty 'A' is the Death of Learning  Grade inflation, helicopter parents, and students demanding unfounded grade raises can all be traced back to one thing -- worshipping at the Temple of "A".

We can blame entitled students or their overbearing parents for a classroom full of kids driven by little more than a GPA score, but truth be told as professors we may have done the damage ourselves. Educators have lorded that tiny letter over our students as a gilded carrot at best, or a threat at worst. The unsavory result is that when an A becomes the only marker of quality work and a satisfactory academic experience, everything else important about learning is overshadowed in the process. Its no secret grade inflation is cause célèbre at universities, but the pressure to give A's is a Frankenstein of our own design. Like hog futures, real estate, and diamonds, an A only holds the intrinsic value we assign it. Inflation aside, the value of grades across disciplines is incredibly subjective. Kimelman echoes this sentiment.

Part 2: Over 35 Formative Assessment Tools To Enhance Formative Learning Opportunities. Improving Your Grading Policy in Three Steps. By Jasper Fox Sr. Heading back to school is the perfect time to institute substantive change to your day-to-day classroom practice. One such area that has the potential to transform the experience for you and your students is grading. Grades, a classic stressor, are not great at helping students grow. They often only offer a finite glimpse into students’ levels of understanding, and there are much more effective strategies out there to help you gain a complex understanding of students’ knowledge.

Additionally, you can better support student mastery of topics by rethinking how you use grading in your classroom. Do We Really Want Feedback? "You're not as bad as you think you are and not as good as you want to be. " Doug Manion The politically correct answer to the question about whether we really want feedback is "Yes. " What teacher would tell their principal they don't want their feedback? As a principal I couldn't imagine telling my superintendent that I didn't want their feedback. However, I think some people really just want to be left alone and they don't do much with the feedback they're given. Grading By Hand - Welcome to Flubaroo. [Back to Help Center] 53 Ways to Check for Understanding.

The most simple and effective Evernote Tagging System - EuroProductive. Last week my friend Francesco D’Alessio reached the milestone of 500 subscribers for his YouTube Channel. Here Is A Handy Tool for Creating Rubrics to Use in Class. July 19, 2015 ForAllRubrics is another cool web tool for easily creating rubrics, checklists, and badges. The site provides a wide variety of interesting features for teachers including: the ability to score across different mobile devices, issue digital badges with evidence, view the status of your whole class at a glance, access assessment results on ForAllRubrics website, one click sharing of assessment results by email with students and parents and many more. It's time to throw out grades @MsSackstein SmartBlogs. Resources for Assessment in Project-Based Learning. Project-based learning (PBL) demands excellent assessment practices to ensure that all learners are supported in the learning process.

With good assessment practices, PBL can create a culture of excellence for all students and ensure deeper learning for all. We’ve compiled some of the best resources from Edutopia and the web to support your use of assessment in PBL, including information about strategies, advice on how to address the demands of standardized tests, and summaries of the research.

Children 'in complete meltdown' over exams. Teachers in England are seeing unprecedented levels of school-related anxiety, stress and mental health problems among pupils of all age groups and abilities, particularly around test or exam time, according to a new report. Children aged 10 or 11 are said to be “in complete meltdown”, in tears, or feeling sick during tests, and problems can be made worse by their competitive parents, according to the Exam Factories? Report commissioned by the National Union of Teachers and conducted independently by Merryn Hutchings, emeritus professor at London Metropolitan University. 5 Powerful iPad Apps to Enhance The Way You Grade Students Assignments. June 26, 2015 After posting about the best web tools to help you create gradebooks, today we are sharing with you this collection of iPad apps to use when grading students works.

33 Digital Tools for Advancing Formative Assessment in the Classroom. Assessment – How are we monitoring student learning and performance? What Believing in the Possibilities Can Do For Learning and Teaching. 18 Behaviors of Emotionally Intelligent People. The Best Music Creation Apps for Teachers. Education Week. Mobile phone bans improve school exam results, research shows. Education Week. How ‘Deprogramming’ Kids From How to ‘Do School’ Could Improve Learning. Story. 5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools. The Best 8 Web Tools for Doing Formative Assessment in Class.

This App Rewards Students For Not Looking At Their Phone During Class. 27 Teacher Actions That Help Promote Valid Assessment Data - Google Classroom: Share Classroom Folder. Resources for Assessment in Project-Based Learning. How To Create A Test That Grades Itself Using Google Forms. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: ClassDojo Released 5 New Features for Teachers and Parents.

Excellent Teacher-tested Tools to Help in Your Student Assessments. Exactly How A Learning Management System Can Improve Your Teaching. 7 Good Grading iPad Apps for Teachers. Which Asian Test Prep Regime Would You Prefer? FIP Your School Ohio - Leading and Coaching FIP. Types of assessment - definitions - Support for students and staff - University of Exeter. Formative Assessment with Plickers. Will You Live to See the No-Grades Classroom? Important Tips On Using Google Forms to Grade Students. Assessment 3.0 in Action: Infographic. Assessment 3.0: 4 Simple Words that Will Revolutionize Learning. How grades fail to send the right message. Events in Instruction- Event #8.