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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. Here's what happened in my classroom. "We've got this, it's easy," they said. I looked at the other students and asked, "Do you have this?" They nodded their heads furiously up and down in a "yes." My teacher instincts said that everyone knew it, but I decided to experiment. I was floored. I taught for another few minutes and gave them another problem. But the end result was not what you think. I am sold. Good teachers in every subject will adjust their teaching based upon what students know at each point. Formative Assessment Toolkit Learn the strengths and weaknesses of each tool. 1. Socrative can be used for quick quizzes and also on the fly, as I've already shared. 2. 3. 4. 5.

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Make It Count: Providing Feedback as Formative Assessment Providing students with feedback on written work can, at times, feel like a burden. Dozens (perhaps even hundreds) of papers clutter your desk, and commenting on each is nearly impossible. Still, we know, both from our experiences and from research, that feedback is essential. John Hattie, Professor of Education and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia, believes that feedback must be timely, relevant, and action-oriented. The good news, according to Hattie, is that "students want feedback just for them, just in time, and just helping nudge forward."

Amazing X-ray GIFs Show Joints In Motion The human body has four types of movable joints. Most people don’t really think about them unless they start to become painful. In fact, their motion is really quite beautiful, but that beauty can be hard to appreciate because we usually can’t see how the bones are sliding around relative to one another. 27 Ways To Assess Background Knowledge 27 Ways To Assess Background Knowledge Assessing background knowledge is an often misunderstood idea, and subsequently fumbled as a process. Background knowledge is a product of the experiences–academic and otherwise–that a student brings to a lesson. These provide both knowledge in terms of content, as well as schema in terms of analogs students can use to make sense of new ideas.

The Physics Of Productivity: Newton’s Laws Of Getting Stuff Done In 1687, Sir Isaac Newton published his groundbreaking book, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, which described his three laws of motion. In the process, Newton laid the foundation for classical mechanics and redefined the way the world looked at physics and science. What most people don’t know, however, is that Newton’s three laws of motion can be used as an interesting analogy for increasing your productivity, simplifying your work, and improving your life. Allow me to present this analogy as Newton’s Laws of Productivity. Newton’s First Law of Productivity First Law of Motion: An object either remains at rest or continues to move at a constant velocity, unless acted upon by an external force.

15 Resources to Create Images for Social Media Social Media Examiner Do you post images on social media? Would you like to create attractive images to share? When creating images for social media, quality makes a difference. In this article we’ll share tools and resources to create professional and engaging social media images that you can use on multiple platforms. Why Create Images for Social Media? In this visual-centric world, it’s more important than ever to create high-quality sharable images.

Formative Assessment (Part 3): Data Walls for Collaboration and Dialogue This is part three in my series on formative assessment where I blog my journey through Dylan Wiliams’ book, Embedded Formative Assessment and share my school’s change journey. Some of the most helpful and transformative tools for primary educators have to be the NSW Literacy and Numeracy Continuums. They unpack areas of the English and Mathematics curriculum, breaking them into small, hierarchical steps which we can use to pin point students’ current level of skill and set goals that will move learning forward.

Here's Why McDonald's Burgers Don’t Rot Earlier this week, Buzzfeed posted a video that showed burgers from seven different fast food restaurants that had been stored in glass jars for 30 days. At the end, some of them were covered in mold, but some (McDonald burgers in particular) did not look much different from Day 1. This isn’t a new visual aid. Karen Hanrahan famously purchased a McDonald’s hamburger in 1996 that she still carries around as a prop to discourage consumption of fast food in favor of unprocessed food. Countless others have done the same. Of course, the result is fairly disturbing visually.

50 Digital Education Tools and Apps for Formative Assessment Success The beauty of formative assessment is that there is no shortage of strategies and techniques available to teachers to use in their classroom. They provide teachers the valuable feedback they need to adjust their teaching so student learning moves forward. Today, digital tools available in smartphones and tablets make implementing formative assessment as easy and effective as ever. How To Stop Being Lazy And Get More Done - 5 Expert Tips Some days the to-do list seems bottomless. Just looking at it is exhausting. We all want to know how to stop being lazy and get more done. I certainly want the answer. So I decided to call a friend who manages to do this — and more. Cal Newport impresses the heck out of me.

Plant Week! This is one of my favorite weeks. I just love spring and teaching my students about new things. It's certainly been a busy one! So far, we've read multiple "plant" books. Here are a couple to name a few... After reading Sunflower House, we filled out a sunflower chart using descriptive words.

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