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Every Teacher’s Guide to Assessment

It’s not a stretch to say that assessment is a hot button issue in education; however, you’d be hard pressed to find an educator who doesn’t see the value in measuring student progress. Assessments themselves have been vilified, when, in fact, it’s why assessments are given and how the data is used that is really the issue. The Glossary of Education Reform gives this great overview of what high-stakes testing is and how it impacts students, teachers, and schools. Basically, high-stakes testing has consequences for the test-takers and givers—sometimes in the form of a high school diploma, grade advancement, and even teachers’ salaries. But not all assessment is high-stakes, and when done thoughtfully, the right assessment can provide extremely useful information for all stakeholders—students, teachers, parents, schools, and policy-makers Let’s take a look at what assessment is, why it’s important, and how it can be delivered in the classroom in a useful manner. What is assessment? Scoring

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Using Padlet as a Formative Assessment Tool Padlet (formerly known as Wallwisher) has been around for a while now. It acts as an online bulletin board where users place “digital sticky notes”. These digital stickies can contain text, web links, uploaded files, photos, and even video! They can be anonymous or students can be required to sign in. The reason why I like Padlet so much is because it is very customizable and lets teachers/students collaborate in different ways. 5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools I thought I could read my students' body language. I was wrong. As an experiment, I used Socrative when I taught binary numbers. What I learned forever changed my views on being a better teacher. Why Formative Assessment Makes Better Teachers Formative assessment is done as students are learning.

ETS Research: ELFA Assessment Forms The English Learner Formative Assessment (ELFA) includes a total of nine assessment forms with different levels of reading passages for Developing, Intermediate and Experienced readers. Each form consists of two reading texts, Part 1 and Part 2. Teachers might select any of the forms that are appropriate to their EL students. Three sample assessment forms — Forms 1, 4 and 8 — are available to download below. The remaining forms are available upon request by sending an email to the project director, Mikyung Kim Wolf ( Please download the accompanying Teacher's Versions of each form in order to use the assessment forms in your class.

Linking Words — A complete List of English Connecting Words Linking & Connecting Words It is essential to understand how Linking Words, as a part of speech, can be used to combine ideas in writing - and thus ensure that ideas within sentences and paragraphs are elegantly connected - for the benefit of the reader. This will help to improve your writing (e.g. essay, comment, summary (scientific) review, (research) paper, letter, abstract, report, thesis, etc.). It is also fundamental to be aware of the sometimes subtle meaning of these "small" words within the English language. Response Checklists Formative assessment: Response checklists I share my favorite quote from “A Tour Through the School: What to Look For” because it reflects my ultimate goal. I desire to create an environment where students talk about books just like adults do. I would never ask students to do any thing I would not do myself. Gone would be worksheets and literature circle roles and contrived assignments that force students to discuss in preconceived ways.

10 Exit Slip Prompts that Will Work for Any Class - Teach 4 the Heart If you’re not using exit slips, you really should try them. Basically, you give students a quick prompt at the end of class (or for elementary, at the end of the day or the end of a subject). Then the students have just a couple minutes to write an answer and turn it in. Why You Should Use Exit Slips: Writing increases students’ participation. When you ask a question in class, one or two students answer out loud and maybe a few more have their hands raised.

The 8 Minutes That Matter Most I am an English teacher, so my ears perk up when writers talk about their process. I've found the advice handy for lesson planning, too. That's because both writing and planning deal with craft. In writing, you want your audience to be absorbed. You want them to care about your characters. You want them be delighted by the suspense. ETS Research: English Learner Formative Assessment Project The English Learner Formative Assessment (ELFA) is a four-year research project that began in 2010. This project is funded by the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education (Grant No: R305A100724).

Top 30 Funniest French Idioms ranked according to Absurdity Reading Time: 6 minutes. Oh, idioms. They can be such a bummer at times. Just when you think you already got the hang of a foreign language, idioms rear their crazy little heads and go: nah-uh! Not so fast! Imagine overhearing a French conversation that translates into something along the lines of: to arrive like a hair in the soup or to have an ass full of noodles.