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"Grant Wiggins is a nationally recognized assessment expert who has been working in assessment reform for more than twenty-five years. He is president of the educational consulting firm Authentic Education, and with Jay McTighe, co-author of Understanding by Design, an award-winning framework for curriculum design used around the world. In this interview, Wiggins shares his thoughts on performance assessments, standardized tests, and more.
Q & A:
What distinctions do you make between "testing" and "assessment?" What is authentic assessment and why is it important? Why is it important that teachers consider assessment before they begin planning lessons or projects? How do you assess project-based learning? How can technology support and enhance assessment? How do you respond to the argument that teachers don't have enough time to design and conduct authentic or performance-based assessments? Standardized tests, such as the SAT, are used by schools as a predictor of a student's future success. Is this a valid use of these tests?"
Regardless of perceived academic ability, every single student who set about creating their very first computer game on PowerPoint software started thinking in ways that so many of us only hope for in our language, science, or math classrooms.
I made a “Mystery Calendar” for October. I found a list of historical people and events from October here, and chose 4 of them. Then, I used iMovie to create short videos that gave clues about each one. Because I have a Mac at home, I had a bit of trouble finding a good calendar template for the iWorks suite, but I finally landed on a good template for Numbers here.
"Having essential questions drive curriculum and learning has become core to many educators' instructional practices. Grant Wiggins, in his work on Understanding By Design, describes an essential quetion as:
A meaning of “essential” involves important questions that recur throughout one’s life. Such questions are broad in scope and timeless by nature. They are perpetually arguable – What is justice? Is art a matter of taste or principles? How far should we tamper with our own biology and chemistry? Is science compatible with religion? Is an author’s view privileged in determining the meaning of a text? We may arrive at or be helped to grasp understandings for these questions, but we soon learn that answers to them are invariably provisional..."