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Formative Assessment Tool. 2 Jan UPDATE 5/13: Understoodit is closing but here’s another similar option that let’s you take the pulse of your class during your instruction – PollEverywhere If you are looking for a new formative assessment tool check out Understoodit.

Formative Assessment Tool

Whether your students are on iPads or have access to the web from desktops, Understoodit is a fantastic free assessment tool that is perfect for collecting data when presenting new information to students. As you speak, students press one of two buttons on a website unique to your class: “Confused” or “Understood” You’ll receive real-time data on how well your class understands your presentation.

At first I was hesitant to try Understooit with my fifth graders, since it seemed so perfect for university professors and high school teachers, but it worked great with my group. Faculty Focus Email. In the typical college classroom a small handful of students make the vast majority of comments.

Faculty Focus Email

As a teacher you want to create a classroom environment that helps students of various learning styles and personalities to feel comfortable enough to contribute as well as understand the importance of class preparation and active participation. To reach this goal requires a constant balancing act of encouraging quiet, reflective students to speak up and, occasionally, asking the most active contributors to hold back from commenting in order to give others a chance.

On LinkedIn Group we asked members to share some of the strategies they use to engage students in discussion, manage the dominant talkers and the nontalkers, and steer a discussion that's gone off track. Essay on the value of intense discussion-based instruction. Established orthodoxy indicates that the ideal pedagogical method centers on small, discussion-based classes.

Essay on the value of intense discussion-based instruction

Such a model enables "active learning" that, coupled with on-the-spot guidance from a skilled faculty member, is much more likely to change deep thought patterns than traditional lecture-based approaches. The emphasis shifts from the assimilation of content (and its regurgitation) to learning how to learn — how to be a better reader, how to think more critically and creatively, how to collaborate with others in the task of learning. Few would doubt that this model sounds very appealing.

Yet the experience of many educators inclines them to believe that it is unrealistic. Students, it seems, are generally too unmotivated to make it work. By Mobify. Single Best Free Way to Transform Classrooms (Primary-Lifelong) of Any Size--and Fast Too!

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It may sound like I'm selling snake oil, but I actually do have one trick that, at no cost, can transform your classroom or public speaking event, whether a seminar or a lecture, whether for 8 year olds or doctoral students, CEOs or senior citizens. You can try this tomorrow, and turn the biggest lecture into an interactive, collaborative experience without so much as an investment even in clickers or a projector.

Every Student Response Strategies « LessonCast. True implementation of personalized learning in schools requires a shift in the roles of educators and a shift in educator professional learning.

Every Student Response Strategies « LessonCast

This course examines the evolving role of teachers incorporating personalized learning experiences in the classroom. Taking a close look at what personalized learning is and isn’t, participants create resources to support teacher roles as facilitator, assessor, instructional designer, content curator, coach, and advisor, and family-school collaborator. Lessoncast believes in personalized professional learning. Several modules have assignment options. Participants may choose between the assignments according to which one is more applicable for implementing personalization in their learning environment. Blended Learning: Adding Asynchronous Discussions to Your F2F Classrooms. This post was co-authored with Elizabeth Alderton, Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. --------- We have all done it: "participated" in a face-to-face discussion, nodding along in agreement, but not really present.

Blended Learning: Adding Asynchronous Discussions to Your F2F Classrooms

Many of us have sat in discussions, afraid to throw in our two cents because we might sound silly. On other occasions, we have had a fantastic idea to share, but the conversation passed by before we had a chance to contribute. If it happens to us, it also must be happening to students in our classroom discussions. Student-Led Discussion Manual. Using Quizzes to Promote Student Engagement and Collaboration. January 26, 2012 By: Audrey Deterding, Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning Quizzes are standard in many college classrooms, and determining how to best use this learning format generates a variety of discussion and suggestions.

Using Quizzes to Promote Student Engagement and Collaboration

I, too, continue to search for ways to inspire the often dull quiz routine. Upgrade your KWL Chart to the 21st Century  One of the take aways from the Curriculum Mapping Institute this past week was that it brought an upgrade to THE trusted KWL (Know, What to Know and Learned) Chart to the forefront.

Upgrade your KWL Chart to the 21st Century 

It seems a no brainer…one of those things… “I should have thought about it”… So what is this upgrade all about? An “H” snuck into the Acronym! What does this “H” stand for”? Using Whiteboards in the Chemistry Classroom & Beyond. One of the most fascinating aspects of student learning is the way in which information is processed in a student's mind.

Using Whiteboards in the Chemistry Classroom & Beyond

Teachers, and students alike, cannot fully appreciate how a student ascertains a set of given facts, a new concept, or solves a problem. This is because thinking takes place 'behind the scenes' in the human brain. When a student demonstrates that they have learned something, or comprehend an idea, it almost seems magical how the learning took place. Online Discussion. Socratic seminars, fish bowls, and computers. October 6, 2011 by mrkaiser208 The concept of a fish bowl or Socratic seminar is not new.

Socratic seminars, fish bowls, and computers

Just Google it and see how many hits come up. This learning method has been used for years by numerous teachers. However, this doesn’t mean that everyone knows about it. I have known about it for a while now, probably two or three years, but today was the first time I have ever used it in the classroom, and now that I have, I don’t know why I waited so long. Top 12 Ways to Increase Student Participation. Call it "active learning," or "classroom participation" -- every teacher wants to know how to motivate students to particpate, and how to nurture more involved students and fewer apathetic ones. With a little extra planning, that is possible. Below are four common reasons students don’t participate and techniques to solve those problems and spice up your lessons.

Problem: The content is repetitive. Maybe it needs to be repetitive because the students don’t really “get it,” or maybe you’re reviewing for a test.