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Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric. While many teachers are excited about the maker movement and may even be creating projects for their classrooms, assessment can be puzzling even to veteran classroom teachers. How can teachers prove that deep, rich learning is occurring through making?

How do we justify a grade to students and parents alike, especially to the student who "just isn’t good at art"? By crafting a three-part rubric that assesses process, understanding, and product, teachers can rest assured that they are covering all the bases. Part 1: Process The process of making in the classroom needs to be incorporated in the final grade. Is each student fully engaged? Photo credit: Lisa Yokana As part of a recent project in my school's senior-level public policy class, students crafted scale models of Lower Manhattan in preparation for a disaster simulation. Students created a scale model of Lower Manhattan in City 2.0 at Scarsdale High School. Part 2: Understanding Habits of Mind What was difficult? Part 3: Product. Edutopia | K-12 Education Tips & Strategies That Work.

Reliable rubrics | developing rubrics that really work. 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.

Meanwhile, teachers can improve the effectiveness of their instruction, re-teaching if necessary. "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. " In the sections below, we'll discuss things to consider when implementing AFAs. 53 Ways to Check for Understanding. 53 Ways to Check for Understanding.

13 Concrete Examples Of Better Feedback For Learning. By Grant Wiggins As readers may know, my article on feedback in the September edition of Educational Leadership has been one of the most widely read and downloaded articles of the year, according to ASCD data. That’s gratifying feedback! I blogged about it here, while also providing the longer article I originally provided the editors – they cut my piece in half for publication, as editors are wont to do – and also shared in the blog a wonderful follow-up email from a teacher on how to use the contents of the article. But numerous people have also written saying that while they liked the piece, they wished that I had provided more specific examples of how to design in such feedback, how it all works in practice. So: Voila!

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 7th-graders research and discuss the problem of pollution in science class. 6. 7. 5th-grade students are given challenging social studies tasks throughout the year. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Readers: please place your own examples in the comments. Great Tips and Tools to Create Digital e-Portfolio. Electronic portfolios are among the most important tools in your digital kit as a teacher . In its basic definition, an educational e-portfolio is a digital collection of student work that evidences mastery of a set of skills, applied knowledge, and attitudes. The notion of portfolios has a long history in education but it is only with the revolution of web 2.0 technologies that digital eportfolios spawned the educational landscape making it way easier to build, maintain, share and archive student learning in digital forms.

Portfolio Types According to Teacher vision, portfolios can be divided into two groups : P "Process oriented Process oriented portfolios tell a story about the growth of a learner. 2 Product oriented Product oriented portfolios are collections of work a student considers his or her best. Web Tools to Create e-portfolios Here some of the best web tools to help you create e-portfolios: This is my favourite and I must admit that I consider it the best of them all. 27 Characteristics Of Authentic Assessment. 27 Characteristics Of Authentic Assessment by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education What is “authentic assessment”? Almost 25 years ago, I wrote a widely-read and discussed paper that was entitled: “A True Test: Toward More Authentic and Equitable Assessment” that was published in the Phi Delta Kappan.

I believe the phrase was my coining, made when I worked with Ted Sizer at the Coalition of Essential Schools, as a way of describing “true” tests as opposed to merely academic and unrealistic school tests. (My colleague from the Advisory Board of the Coalition of Essential Schools, Fred Newmann, was the first to use the phrase in a book, a pamphlet for NASSP in 1988 entitled Beyond standardized testing: Assessing authentic academic achievement in secondary schools. The debate – especially in math – has to do with a simple question: does “authentic” assessment mean the same thing as “hands-on” or “real-world” assessment? The Original Argument In the Kappan article I wrote as follows: A. 1. 2. 3. Cammy Bean's Learning Visions: The Two Faces of ePortfolios. These are my live blogged notes from this week’s Instructional Design Live show on EdTech Taclk with Helen Barrett, Ph.D. An article by Helen Barrett: Balancing the Two Faces of ePortfolios The conceptual model of an online portfolio - multiple purposes: 1) learning & reflection – main activity around learning and collaboration 2) showcase achievement/accountability These two activities need to work together.

Portfolio as workspace vs. showcase. Collect evidence of learning in a variety of ways – a “collection of artifacts”. Can hyperlink artifacts (assume all electronic) to a reflective journal (e.g., a blog) – many students are using their social networks as a way to document their life experiences (e.g., facebook and twitter). The role of teachers and peers in this process? The role of the teacher and the student is evaluation and assessment (self-assessment). ePortfolio as a process – rather than a product. About Instructional Design Live: