10 Assessments You Can Perform In 90 Seconds Good assessment is frequent assessment. Any assessment is designed to provide a snapshot of student understand—the more snapshots, the more complete the full picture of knowledge. On its best day, an assessment will be 100% effective, telling you exactly what a student understands. More commonly, the return will be significantly lower as the wording of questions, the student’s sense of self-efficacy, or other factors diminish their assessment performance. This makes a strong argument for frequent assessment, as it can be too easy to over-react and “remediate” students who may be banging against the limits of the assessment’s design rather than their own understanding. It is a huge burden (for both teachers and students) to design, write, complete, grade, and absorb the data into an instructional design sequence on a consistent basis. Simple Assessments The word “simple” here is misleading. 1. Take a given topic—thesis statements, push-pull factors, the scientific process, etc. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Getting Started with Genius Hour | ABCs with Mrs. B The idea of Genius Hour...amazing. Getting started with Genius Hour...a bit daunting. Here is a sneak peek at how I got my students engaged in what would be an incredible learning experience with high engagement and a liiiittttllle bit of teacher exhaustion :) (Well worth it!) Here is the lowdown of the steps we took. I started by showing students possible ideas for Genius Hour. Then I had my students start with our Genius Hour Booklet. Our next step was to narrow down our brainstorming by giving 3 solid ideas on what their project could be. Once the proposal was approved, students got to work researching and creating. After the project was complete, I had my students present their project to the class. Finally, to wrap up Genius Hour, my students wrote a persuasive piece arguing why Genius Hour was or was not a good idea for the classroom. Dive into Genius Hour!
The 8 Pillars of Digital Literacies May 21, 2014 Edudemic has recently published this wonderful visual that outlines the eight elements of digital literacy. I am posting below for those of you who haven't seen it yet. Essential Elements of Digital Literacy "Cultural – Look at the context in which the literacy is situatedCognitive – How do we think when we are using a device (vs when we are not)? Why Use a Database? Simple Steps to Get You Started... There are 2 places on the internet you can look for information: Websites and Databases Websites: Have a massive amount of info that is unlimited and free.Anyone can post info so it may be fact, opinion, untrue and advertising.Info must be evaluated, validated and referenced. Simple Steps to Using a Database Step 1 Get to the Databases Option 1: Go to our school webpage to Students--> Resources--> Click on the link for Tumblebooks or World book online or Britannica, username is simcodsb and password is simc7729 Option 2: Go to school webpage-->Click on Library-->Click on Orillia Public Library-->Click on eresources-->click on online research tools-->click on kids--> here you have access to: PebbleGo, Novel listK-8 Plus, Worldbook Kids, Canada in Context, TumblebookCloud and AudioBook Cloud. Step 2 Enter your login and password Username: full school assigned email address (i.e. bblack@....) Password: Date of Birth- YYYYMMDD
Episode 14 Podcast - "The Flipped Classroom" The State of Tech - Episode 14 - "The Flipped Classroom" Summary: In this episode we talk about the flipped classroom. We define what "flipping" your classroom is and is not, explore how to integrate the concepts behind the flipped classroom model into your curriculum, and how to leverage available technology to appropriately pair the learning activity with the learning environment. Guests also discuss their success stories, tips and tricks, tools, and hurdles they faced when flipping their own classrooms. Watch Video Episode Online: Subscribe to Video Podcast Download Video Embed Video Listen to Audio Episode Online: Subscribe to Audio Podcast Download Audio Embed Audio Show Notes (click "Read more" to see full show notes if they are not already displayed below.)Hosts Main Topic: The Flipped Classroom Useful Links Tools available for creating annotated screencasts and tutorials: * Survey is still open for Teaching Science with Technology: Link
Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom 7 Pros & Cons Of Teaching With Genius Hour - ShareTwittPin 7 Pros & Cons Of Teaching With Genius Hour by TeachThought Staff Genius hour is trending in education, and for good reason. We’ve offered a definition for genius hour in the past, and discussed the principles of genius hour before. 7 Pros of Genius Hour Student-centered & open-endedEncourages students to design meaningful and authentic workEasily supports tech-centered and tech-limited classroomsStudents are able to practice navigating “unfiltered” and non-academic content with a focus on inquiry and researchPromotes learning beyond the classroomCan be successful for the student that struggles in traditional settingsStudents that “play” with ideas tend think laterally, critically, and creatively since they’re not seeking to play guess-what-the-teacher’s-thinking 7 Cons of Genius Hour Though genius hour seeks to be “passion-based” and curiosity-centered, in most public schools and formal learning environments it is still essentially a mandatory and compulsory model of learning.
Being The Best For The World (Not The Best In The World) I often share this video of Clint Pulver’s story during my talks, and it has influenced my thinking in many ways. It has changed the way I think about being a teacher, leader, parent, coach, and friend. Being the best for the world starts with empathy. Make sure you watch the video below before you keep reading! You don’t need to be the best teacher in the world. I don’t have to pretend to be the best parent in the world. You don’t have to be the best coach, leader, friend, colleague in the world. You just have to be the best for the people around you, and listening to what they need, and how you can help. We often talk about how relationships are so important in education. I’d say that they are so important in life. But, it isn’t the big things that scale, that make the most impact. It is the small, tiny decisions that create a ripple of impact over time. That’s what we can focus on. Get the Innovative Teaching Toolbox Awesome!