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Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

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. It also helps teachers improve the effectiveness of their instruction. “When the cook tastes the soup,” writes Robert E. Stake, “that's formative; when the guests taste the soup, that’s summative.” Alternative formative assessment (AFA) strategies can be as simple (and important) as checking the oil in your car—hence the name “dipsticks.” You can find another 53 ways to check for understanding toward the end of this post and as a downloadable document. Other Assessment Resources

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IDEAL problem solving - Critical & Creative Thinking - OER & More Resources - Library Home at Fox Valley Technical College When memorizing, know what you need to remember Definitions? Concepts? Graphs? Finding Clarity in Assessment and Grading A recent Edutopia article about the question of zeros in classroom assessment set off a passionate debate filled with differing philosophies: “Kids need to learn how the real world works!” “One zero shouldn’t tank a kid in a whole class!”

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Developing Creativity in Gifted Children: The Central Importance of Motivation and Classroom Climate Beth A. Hennessey Wellesley College Wellesley, MA The Study of Giftedness and Creativity-Two Separate But Parallel Trajectories Rationale It is important to introduce researchers, curriculum developers, administrators, classroom teachers, and other groups who focus on gifted and talented populations to the Social Psychology of Creativity.

Is Depth of Knowledge Complex or Complicated? - Robert Kaplinsky If you think others need to see this, share it on one of the sites below by clicking on the button. Only a few months ago, I used the words “complex” and “complicated” interchangeably as synonyms for “difficult.” Recently I learned about the differences between their meanings and I now see their significance everywhere, especially in math education. Specifically, I am concerned about Depth of Knowledge (DOK) being viewed as a complicated issue when it is really complex. Dr. Sholom Glouberman and Dr. 10 XQ Super Schools Announced: Leading the Way in Rethinking High School The XQ team saw the massive opportunity to make a difference for every young person in America. As the challenges in our world change faster than ever, too often our schools aren’t changing fast enough to help students meet those challenges. XQ invited teams to engage in a Discover-Design-Develop process, learning together through knowledge modules and well-architected design. After several phases that processed over 700 applications, 10 Super Schools were announced.

3 Guidelines to Eliminating Assessment Fog Consider what it's like to drive through a heavy morning fog. It may be a busy highway where brake lights blink in and out of the haze, or a neighborhood road where the familiar details of buildings and trees are obscured by a gray curtain that implies shapes without clear form. Such driving conditions bring tension as we seek any details that will keep us on the road, and not hit a car or miss a sharp turn. Assessment fog holds similar dangers of miscalculation for accurately diagnosing student needs.

Examples of Formative Assessment When incorporated into classroom practice, the formative assessment process provides information needed to adjust teaching and learning while they are still happening. The process serves as practice for the student and a check for understanding during the learning process. The formative assessment process guides teachers in making decisions about future instruction. Teaching to the Beat of a Different Drummer This post is the third in a series where I’m sharing how I’ve changed the ways that I look at assessments and assessment data. In the first post, I shared the importance of digging into the questions, not just the standards they’re correlated to.In the second post, I talked about how understanding how a test is designed can help us better understand the results we get.In this post, I’d like to share one of the ways I’ve learned how to analyze assessment results. Let’s get started! Do you know what the most difficult item on an assessment is? Is it the one with a pictograph with a scaled interval that involves combining the values from several categories?

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