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9 Ways to Plan Transformational Lessons: Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever. When instructors engage learners, develop ability and understanding, and amplify students' identities, we call them "transformational teachers" -- professionals who provide learners with disciplinary View-Masters so that kids can see the world in stereoscope.

9 Ways to Plan Transformational Lessons: Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever

But how do they prepare? Do they just show up for class and spontaneously uncork the awesome? Obviously not. Behind the scenes, transformational teachers labor over curriculum plans that look simple and even elegant to classroom observers. 4 Big Things Transformational Teachers Do.

The key to transformational teaching is not reacting, but rather a grinding obsession with analysis and preparation.

4 Big Things Transformational Teachers Do

Lee Shulman, as reported by Marge Scherer, suggests that expert teachers -- despite enormous challenges --demonstrate: Editable Sample Rubric. 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. "When the cook tastes the soup," writes Robert E. Rachel Lynette - Photos du journal. Powerful Formative Assessment Routine. I spent the morning yesterday at a district instructional coach meeting, and one of our sessions was on formative assessment as a tool for differentiation.

Powerful Formative Assessment Routine

Do you get the connection between assessment and differentiation? Formative assessments are assessments that inform instruction (for learning), while summative assessments are assessments of learning. Show What You Know! What keeps cooperative learning from becoming chaotic?

Show What You Know!

Structure, equal participation, and individual accountability! When all students are actively engaged, there's no time for misbehavior and learning is multiplied! Individual dry erase boards are essential if you want to foster active engagement. One of my favorite cooperative learning activities involving dry erase boards is "Showdown.

" This strategy includes all of the elements that make cooperative learning lessons successful. 5 Tips for a More Meaningful Rubric. Sarah Wike Loyola , Upper School Spanish Teacher, Spanish Team Leader, and Technology Mentor in Charlotte, NC Posted 06/08/2015 12:26PM | Last Commented 07/06/2015 2:30PM Every educator feels pretty darn cool the first few times they grade students' work.

5 Tips for a More Meaningful Rubric

What a powerful feeling it ignites in us, right? However, the reality of how much time we have to spend grading sets in quickly and the task becomes more and more monotonous. No teacher digs grading the same problems, essay prompts, responses, etc. over and over again, but it is a large part of what we do on a daily basis. So, why not make it meaningful? Teachers who use rubrics: Beyond Exit Tickets: 11 Fresh Formative Assessment Strategies. Teachers who are eager to assess the development of critical content knowledge or skills during the learning experience often rely on exit tickets for quick perspective.

Beyond Exit Tickets: 11 Fresh Formative Assessment Strategies

This affords teachers the opportunity to see what learning is happening and even to what degree at a moment when they’re able to respond most effectively. Exit tickets are powerful formative assessment tools. When every student is required to complete one by nearly every teacher they have in a given day, the practice grows a bit stale, though. Ready to mix things up a bit? Consider these approaches.

Beyond the Exit Ticket: 11 Fresh Formative Assessment Strategies 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Formative Assessment Is Transformational! I think formative assessment is one of the single most important things that teachers can do -- and already do -- for their students.

Formative Assessment Is Transformational!

In fact, great teachers use formative assessment whether or not they know it. Formative assessment may not be new, but it certainly has begun to crystallize into particular elements and components that are currently in the spotlight. 10 Ways to Practice Nonsense Words for DIBELS! Nonsense word fluency is one of the key components of DIBELS.

10 Ways to Practice Nonsense Words for DIBELS!

Here are some ways that you can practice nonsense words to prepare for the DIBELS test! Check out the link up at the end of the post for NWF activities! Students sort real and nonsense words onto the correct mats. When they are done, they can record their answers on recording sheets. Students can cut and paste real and nonsense words, sort nonsense words from a word bank, or color by code. Students say the words as they pop up on the screen. Word Rings & Timers- Students work with a partner timing each other and reading the words. Place flash cards in a bucket. Played like classic board games, students pull a card and read the word to move forward. This is traditional bingo played with nonsense words. What It Takes to Become an All Project-Based School.

In many schools, project-based learning happens in isolated cases: in certain teachers’ classrooms here and there, or in the contexts of specific subjects.

What It Takes to Become an All Project-Based School

But for students to benefit from project-based learning, ideally it’s part of a school’s infrastructure — a way to approach learning holistically. For one quickly growing network of schools, project-based learning is the crux of the entire ecosystem. New Tech Network, which was founded 15 years ago, is taking its school-wide project-based model to national scale. The organization, which offers a paid program for schools to use its model, began with a flagship school in Napa and has grown to 120 schools in 18 states, most of which are public schools. The network has not only grown in size, but also in notoriety. The nod from the president comes at a time when New Tech is attempting to position itself as a successful model to follow.

How to Create the Learning Community Vital to Project-Based Learning’s Success. Project-based learning has become a hot topic as educators look for ways to effectively get students solving problems, working collaboratively and producing evidence of their learning. But as educators turn to this long-standing pedagogy for content delivery, it’s easy to forget to build up the learning skills and dispositions that make the approach successful.

“We don’t need more individual ways of teaching that only do one small thing,” said Laura Thomas, director of the Antioch Center for School Renewal. How Looking at Student Work Keeps Teachers and Kids on Track. A Science Leadership Academy sophomore puts the finishing touches on a geometry project during her lunch period. Much of the work students produce is read only by their teachers. It can feel disconnected from the class as a whole and irrelevant to a broader conversation. That’s why examining and critiquing student work as a regular part of classroom interactions can be a powerful way for both teachers and students to reflect on their work, while building a community culture that focuses on the process of learning.

Increasingly, educators are focusing on teaching students about their learning brains, in addition to specific subject content. Research by Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck and others on developing academic mindsets have helped show that students’ perceptions of themselves as learners plays a large role in their academic success. When discussing projects, educators often jump to examples in English or social studies classes. Related. Is All This Student Data Changing the Way Teachers Teach? Christy Novack works with students in her Burlingame, Calif. classroom. Francesca Segre/MindShift With so much access to student data these days, teachers are experimenting with different tactics, and figuring out what’s working and what’s not. As with most scenarios using education technology, it’s a mixed bag. But questions of privacy aside, how it’s used depends on a variety of factors in each school and in each teacher’s classroom. Some teachers are embracing student data to inform their teaching, while others believe there’s a risk of an over-reliance on hard numbers that doesn’t take into account the human factor.

The Importance of Low-Stakes Student Feedback. Assessment is both a cornerstone of measuring learning and a point of contention between educators and policymakers. Most educators agree that learning must be evaluated to track student progress, but many also resent that high stakes testing determines public school funding, teacher salaries and children’s futures. While many educators want to see more authentic forms of assessment become the standard in public education, decades of policies and practices reinforce the current system.

“When we innovate in schools, we need to do so with care,” said Bernard Bull, assistant vice president of academics and education professor at Concordia University, in a Global Education Conference presentation. Bull calls assessment one of the “load bearing” walls in education, a long-standing practice and belief system that can’t be removed or changed easily. Any innovations to assessment must be done carefully, and whatever replaces the current system must be well thought out. Related. What Project-Based Learning Is — and What It Isn’t. Formative Assessment Is Transformational! 5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools. I thought I could read my students' body language.