Learning Oriented Assessment What is Learning Oriented Assessment (LOA)? The term Learning Oriented Assessment is one of several which have been used in recent years with a similar purpose in mind: to carve out a place for a form of assessment with different priorities and values from those of traditional assessment, with its focus on reliability and validity. Like the classroom-based assessment movement in the US, or the Assessment Reform Group’s promotion of formative assessment or Assessment for Learning in the UK, LOA proposes a form of assessment whose primary purpose is to promote learning. Cambridge English Language Assessment approaches LOA from an assessment specialist perspective, taking a systemic view where assessment operates on multiple levels and takes many forms. Our conception of LOA reflects an intention to change the traditional relationship of assessment to learning.
15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher Recent technological advances have affected many areas of our lives, including the way we communicate, collaborate, learn, and, of course, teach. Those advances necessitate an expansion of our vocabulary, producing definitions such as digital natives, digital immigrants, and the topic of this post—21st-century teacher. As I write this, I’m trying to recall if I ever had heard phrases such as 20th-century teacher or 19th-century teacher. Quick Google searches reassure me that there are no such word combinations.
Integrating the 4 Cs into Your Classroom This is a module of trainings designed to show how technology can be used to foster the 21st Century Skills of Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, and Creativity. Although specific technologies are highlighted, there are hundreds more that are just as good that could be used for the same purposes! By the end of this learning module, the learner will be able to: Define the 4 Cs of 21st Century Skills.
Reciprocal Teaching for the Primary Grades: "We Can Do It, Too!" In 1978, Durkin (1978-1979) made what continues to be an alarming observation: less than 1% of classroom reading instruction was dedicated to comprehension instruction. When comprehension instruction occurred, the focus was on asking students questions about the text-assessing comprehension, not providing instruction. More recently, Pressley, Whar ton-McDonald, Mistretta-Hampston, and Echevarria (1998) examined reading instruction in 10 fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms. They too found little comprehension instruction and an emphasis on assessing comprehension. Taylor, Peterson, Pearson, and Rodriguez (2002) had similar findings when they observed literacy instruction in 88 classrooms.
Project-Based Learning Over time, the world of public education has grown increasingly difficult, for both students and teachers. Its focus has drifted from applicable, relevant instruction to test performance and attainment of standards. At times, the prognosis can seem bleak. However, there has been a renewed interest in and revival of John Dewey’s revolutionary 20th-century “learning by doing” theory, in the form of project-based learning (PBL) and the establishment of charter schools. With its focus on demonstration of knowledge and interdisciplinary ideals, project-based learning encourages students to become active participants in their learning.
Reciprocal Teaching Strategies for Reading ComprehensionReciprocal Teaching[Palincsar et al, 1984, 1986] What Is Reciprocal Teaching?The creation of Palinscar and Brown, Reciprocal Teaching is in some ways a compilation of four comprehension strategies: summarizing questioning clarifying predicting Please understand that some think the choice of "reciprocal" in the name of this strategy is slightly misleading. It conjures up the image of a student in front of the class, or of students taking turns telling each other important ideas in the text.
21st Century Skills Concepts What is meant by "21st Century Skills?" How do they relate to what I should be teaching in my classroom? These are just some of the questions that you might be asking when you hear the term "21st Century Skills." In this series of tutorials, we will present what we mean by the terminology and how it relates to the models, frameworks, and technology standards that have been developed by other organizations. Learning styles – the emperor with no clothes All aboard … The point of adaptive learning is that it can personalize learning. When we talk about personalization, mention of learning styles is rarely far away. Jose Ferreira of Knewton (but now ex-CEO Knewton) made his case for learning styles in a blog post that generated a superb and, for Ferreira, embarrassing discussion in the comments that were subsequently deleted by Knewton. FluentU (which I reviewed here) clearly approves of learning styles, or at least sees them as a useful way to market their product, even though it is unclear how their product caters to different styles. Busuu claims to be ‘personalised to fit your style of learning’.
Beyond the Bubble Test: Why We Need Performance Assessments - Education Futures: Emerging Trends in K-12 Note: Today's guest blogger needs no introduction. Linda Darling-Hammond (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University and founding director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. She has just published Beyond the Bubble Test: How Performance Assessments Support 21st Century Learning, with her colleague Frank Adamson (Adamson@stanford.edu). Last spring, while millions of American students were bubbling in answers to multiple-choice questions on the ubiquitous tests that determine school and teacher ratings, student promotions, graduation, and college admissions, some students were meeting a higher standard. Schools in the Consortium require students to complete a well-developed literary analysis, a mathematical model, a scientific investigation, and a social science research paper.
Word Scrambles Word scrambles or anagrams are an excellent way of helping children with their spelling as they have to recognise letter patterns. They are also a fun way of testing knowledge on a subject. We have word scrambles on lots of topics ready to print for home or classroom. Unscramble the names of these 2D shapes and match to the pictures. This word scramble is a fun way of testing children's knowledge of shapes, or revising.
The Teacher Curse No One Wants to Talk About Knowledge is a curse. Knowing things isn't bad itself, but it causes unhealthy assumptions -- such as forgetting how hard it was to learn those things in the first place. It's called the Curse of Knowledge. In this post, we'll identify how the Curse of Knowledge affects educators. Then we'll outline seven ways to alleviate the curse. The ultimate goal is to improve instruction. 54 Flipped Classroom Tools For Teachers And Students - 54 Flipped Classroom Tools For Teachers And Students by TeachThought Staff The flipped classroom has continued to enjoy momentum years after its introduction, speaking to its flexible nature, and to the need for a real change in thinking in how we think of time and space in education. Technology has been, more than anything else, the catalyst for the flipped movement.