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Going Gradeless: Student Self-Assessment in PBL

Going Gradeless: Student Self-Assessment in PBL
I like reading professional material. I would posit that most teachers do. Professional reading (OK, all reading, really) allows our thoughts to constantly shift, transform, and travel to currently uncharted mental territory. If we are lucky, we encounter a watershed idea or concept that shatters our thoughts and understanding to such an extent that it requires a complete rebuilding of our philosophy. I was provided such a moment when I read Mark Barnes’ Role Reversal: Achieving Uncommonly Excellent Results in a Student-Centered Classroom in the spring of 2015. Mr. My Goal It was my intention to simultaneously promote mastery learning as well as increase students' ability to metacognitively assess their work against a given set of standards. Remove grades from the daily equation. My Plan I knew that I needed to maintain accountability to various stakeholders in this process -- the students, their families, and the administration. The Results

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Making Room for Children's Ideas Through PBL A recent experience at home reminded me that the unfolding of learning can emerge when tasks are in service of a bigger goal that children really care about. That evening, my six-year-old son Benjamin asked me, "Can you help me build a hospital for my dolls and stuffed animals?" I seized the opportunity to turn this into a project-based learning family moment. I was thankful that he did not ask me to buy him a ready-made hospital set, nor was he asking for tablet time. 5 Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning Voiceover: How will today’s children function in a dangerous world? What means will they use to carve the future? Will they be equipped to find the answers to tomorrow’s problems? Teacher: When you think about traditional learning you think of a student sitting in a classroom and being talked at. Teacher: Now I imagine a lot of you are still thinking...

Watch: North Texas teacher's video parody of Macklemore's 'Thrift Shop' gets an A+ Photo: YouTube/Lady Hauza, Courtesy Kelli Hauser, a Denton middle school teacher, got some of her students together to rap about taking standardized tests in a parody of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop." Watch: North Texas teacher's video parody of Macklemore's 'Thrift Shop' gets an A+ A Denton teacher has created an awesome parody video of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" that promotes healthy and effective preparation for the upcoming standardized-testing season. Kelli Hauser, a sixth grade Denton ISD and McMath Middle School teacher who also goes by Lady Hauza on her YouTube page, dons a fur coat and sips her favorite slurpee in a funny-but-educational rendition of the Grammy-winning song, appropriately called “Test Shop.”

Cloud-based assessment platform is free for educators Creating, sharing, delivering and grading of tests, along with analysis of results, happens in real-time in one platform Being able to easily create and deliver quizzes and tests to students in the classroom, and then put the results of those tests to work immediately to help improve student learning was the motivation behind Apperson, Inc. making its Evo Academics assessment platform available free-of-charge to educators everywhere. The Free Teacher Edition, which was designed by teachers, allows educators to create online quizzes and tests, share tests with colleagues, build and store rubrics, assign tests to students through a student portal, access assessment results in real time, and generate student proficiency reports for the standards assessed.

Tools for Differentiating Instruction in PBL In the first few years of my career, I never understood the nuances of differentiated instruction. When asked by administrators, teachers, or parents, I would confidently proclaim that I was indeed differentiating content, process, and products for all my students, and doing it well. Reality however, was different. If pressed on how I was doing it, I knew I would devolve into incoherent teacher-speak on providing flexible due dates, shorter assignments, and the like. While these are wonderful and needed modifications and adaptations to provide students, it took me longer than I care to admit to become cognizant of the fact that my version of differentiation had little, if any, impact on student learning.

These students are using PBL to define their own learning By Ashleigh Schultz April 21st, 2015 Project-based learning enhances and accelerates curriculum in this classroom If you’re doing it right, most project-based learning will hit every area of the curriculum, whether it’s social studies, math, reading, or even technology.

New test requires North Dakota students to prove civics proficiency Last year, North Dakota became the second state in the nation to adopt the requirement, which is based on the Immigration and Naturalization test covering questions about government and history. Eighth- and 11th-grade students are taking the online test for the first time at the end of this month. Students who graduate next year must achieve 60 percent or greater proficiency on the test to pass, while those who graduate in 2018 and each subsequent year must achieve 70 percent proficiency.

Why you should stop testing and start assessing By Torrey Trust April 20th, 2015 Both the ISTE Standards for Teachers (2008) and CAST’s Universal Design for Learning principles recommend allowing students to express their ideas and knowledge in a variety of ways. Yet, too often, students are asked to sit at a desk for hours on end to take the exact same multiple choice, short answer, or essay test to demonstrate what they learned. In the TED Talk “The Myth of the Average,” Todd Rose made an invaluable point: “Even though we have one of the most diverse countries in the history of the world, and even though it’s the 21st century, we still design our learning environments like textbooks for the average student.”

How to use Google tools in Project-Based Learning When you think about some of the key features of Project-Based Learning (PBL), what do you think of? PBL should be student-driven, with a real-world connection. It should be core to learning, include structured collaboration, and have a multifaceted assessment. Giving students a real problem to solve, getting them engaged in their work, having them work with others, and assessing their work with more than just a grade sounds a lot like how many things in the ‘real world’ work, doesn’t it? untitled Now it is possible for teachers to be in two, three or even six places at once. Increase confidence in real-time assessments, maximize quality teacher time with students, and foster effective student collaboration and sharing. Learn More