7 Characteristics of Great Professional Development by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development As the end of the school year draws to a close, administrators start pulling together their PD plans for the summer in preparation for the next year.
Meanwhile, teachers sit anxiously by with the dread that can only come with the anticipation of the dreaded PD days that their contract says they must attend. It’s not that teachers don’t want to grow and improve their craft. They do, and they find it refreshingly professionalizing when they get to. 1. Seems like a no-brainer right? 2. This doesn’t mean that everything in your PD should be lesson planning time. 3. Teacher-driven doesn’t necessarily mean that teachers are the ones “leading” the work. Preparing Students for Their Futures - Information Age Education - IAE Blog. Note: You can share information about this IAE Blog entry to someone by moving your cursor over the red box with the + in it shown above, and clicking on the target audience.
“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” (Thomas H. Huxley; English writer; 1825-1895.) Information Age Education has just published a new free book: Moursund, D, & Sylwester, R., eds. (4/12/2015. This 116-page, 22-chapter book was written for preservice and inservice K-12 teachers, teachers of teachers, and others interested in improving our K-12 educational system.
Of course, the underlying idea is for teacher, parents, and other adults to help students understand these eight recommendations and to understand their possible personal advantages of following them. Develop your “people” and communication skills. Final Remarks The bulleted list of recommendations above is based on my personal insights developed by a great deal of reading and thinking. What You Can Do Moursund, D. (2015). IAE Newsletter - Issue Number 156 - February, 2015. This free Information Age Education Newsletter is edited by Dave Moursund and Bob Sylwester, and produced by Ken Loge.
The newsletter is one component of the Information Age Education (IAE) publications. All back issues of the newsletter and subscription information are available online. In addition, four free books based on the newsletters are available: Understanding and Mastering Complexity; Consciousness and Morality: Recent Research Developments; Creating an Appropriate 21st Century Education; and Common Core State Standards for Education in America. This issue of the IAE Newsletter is the last of the series on Education for Student’s Futures. Education for Students' Futures Part 19: The Future through Quotations David Moursund Professor Emeritus College of Education University of Oregon "We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future. " “Human history becomes, more and more, a race between education and catastrophe.”
Some call it anecdotal or informal assessment. However, such designations imply passivity -- as if certain things were captured accidentally. I believe the word "formative" should always be included with the word assessment because all feedback mechanisms should help shape and improve the person (or situation) being assessed. Wedging the word "qualitative" into my terminology differentiates it from the analytic or survey-based measures that some associate with the term formative assessment. For my purposes, qualitative formative assessment is the ongoing awareness, understanding, and support of learning that is difficult or impossible to quantify. Carly Schuler stated that the learner needs to be mobile, not the technology. These approaches form the Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit (QFAT). 1. Cameras are powerful tools for capturing moments and documenting learning. 2.
Here is how to make one on various operating systems: Utcitw_teacher_directed_notes_-_2013-2014.pdf. BYOD. A New Excellent Interactive SAMR Visual for Teachers. Flipped-Learning Toolkit: 5 Steps for Formative Assessment.
Editor's Note: This post was co-authored by Aaron Sams, Managing Director of FlippedClass.com and founding member of the Flipped Learning Network.
If you flip your class, you might be able to rid yourself of the bane of many teachers: grading papers late at night. Since the flipped classroom model moves teachers away from the "front of the room," they have more time to interact with students and implement a wide variety of instructional strategies -- including formative assessment. 5 Steps to Check for Mastery One formative assessment strategy has the side benefit of not taking papers home to grade. This strategy, called a mastery check, has five specific steps: 1. Assign students work to complete based on one specific objective. 2. Students are told to solve either the even or the odd problems, or perhaps some other combination. 3. Once a student has completed his work, he asks the teacher to complete a check for mastery. A New Excellent Interactive SAMR Visual for Teachers.