Why Formative Assessments Matter Summative assessments, or high stakes tests and projects, are what the eagle eye of our profession is fixated on right now, so teachers often find themselves in the tough position of racing, racing, racing through curriculum. But what about informal or formative assessments? Are we putting enough effort into these?
4 crazy ideas from Stanford about the future of college In 2013, student groups at the design school at Stanford University started to tackle an interesting question: what will an undergraduate education at Stanford look like at the turn of the 22nd century? They came up with four ideas, all of which look very different than the typical undergraduate experience today. Then they wrote and made videos framed as dispatches from the future, explaining what had happened in the past 86 years to make college look like this in the year 2100. Formative Assessments "If you can both listen to children and accept their answers not as things to just be judged right or wrong but as pieces of information which may reveal what the child is thinking, you will have taken a giant step toward becoming a master teacher, rather than merely a disseminator of information." -Easley & Zwoyer, 1975 Proof Points Black and William (1998), two leading authorities on the importance of teachers maintaining a practice of on-going formative assessment, defined it as, “all those activities undertaken by teachers, and by the students in assessing themselves, which provide information to be used as feedback to modify the teaching and learning activities in which they are engaged.” Formative assessment encompasses a variety of strategies to determine student progress toward achieving specified learning goals.
An Epic List of Great Team Building Games Update: After over 100,000 people read our original team building games post, we decided to make an updated version that’s even more epic than the original. We’ve added 8 new games—over 1,500 words of fresh ideas that you can use to build a stronger, happier team. Team building games are a good way to get your team to connect and work together better. Finding the right exercise can be challenging; not every team is comfortable with certain types of activities. It is important to choose an activity everyone feels safe doing. Want to save these ideas for later?
Six Scaffolding Strategies to Use with Your Students What’s the opposite of scaffolding a lesson? Saying to students, “Read this nine-page science article, write a detailed essay on the topic it explores, and turn it in by Wednesday.” Yikes—no safety net, no parachute, no scaffolding—they’re just left blowing in the wind. Let’s start by agreeing that scaffolding a lesson and differentiating instruction are two different things. Scaffolding is breaking up the learning into chunks and then providing a tool, or structure, with each chunk. When scaffolding reading, for example, you might preview the text and discuss key vocabulary, or chunk the text and then read and discuss as you go.
Kids Meditation: Mindfulness May Increase Children's Math Scores In adults, mindfulness has been shown to have all kinds of amazing effects throughout the body: it can combat stress, protect your heart, shorten migraines and possibly even extend life. But a new trial published in the journal Developmental Psychology suggests that the effects are also powerful in kids as young as 9—so much so that improving mindfulness showed to improve everything from social skills to math scores. Researchers wanted to test the effects of a program that promotes social and emotional learning—peppered with mindfulness and kindness exercises—called MindUP. Developed by Goldie Hawn’s foundation, it’s used in schools across the U.S., Canada and beyond. The study authors put 99 4th and 5th grade public school students in British Columbia into one of two groups.
Interactive Fun Puzzles for Kids 9 June 2017 Click and drag the matchsticks (or numbers or puzzle pieces) to solve these online puzzles. Please note that there may be more than one solution to each puzzle. These logic games challenge your mind; if you really have difficulties solving the puzzles ... don't get mad, get help. But nothing beats solving these brain teasers by your own efforts. You may even discover a new solution to a puzzle. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A Handy Chart Featuring 8 Ways to Do Formative Assessment April 5, 2014 As a follow up to the materials I have already posted on formative assessment, I am introducing you today this wonderful chat that I learned about through Bianca. The chart features 8 strategies teachers can use to conduct a formative assessment. By definition, formative assessment is assessment for learning (summative assessment is assessment of learning ) which usually takes place simultaneously with learning.
The 4 Properties of Powerful Teachers - Advice By Rob Jenkins American higher education seems to be experiencing a kind of teaching renaissance. Articles on the subject proliferate on this site and others, suggesting a renewed interest and commitment to the subject across academe. As a faculty member for almost 30 years, I have been inspired and motivated by all of the online chatter.