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The Difference Between Learning Strategies And Skills

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Okay, I can't guarantee that this will be the last Wiggins scoop, but I promise I'll diversify a bit more from now on.  I really admire what he has to say about education, teaching, and learning, and he's VERY prolific. Here is is blog on TeachThought, which is itself a great source for information (beyond Wiggins).

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Educational Leadership:Reshaping High Schools:Put Understanding First

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Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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More from Wiggins & McTighe :) This is really shifting more towards designing effective instruction; however, I believe this is inextricably linked to effective assessment strategies as well.

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Healthier Testing Made Easy: The Idea of Authentic Assessment

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Credit: Thomas Reis

Here's a radical idea: We need more assessment, not less.

Seem crazy? Substitute feedback for assessment, and you'll better understand what I mean. The point of ass
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Grant Wiggins again, I know. But this is probably my favorite of all of his articles.  He reminds us that assessment shouldn't be auditing-- it should be feedback-- and that "a good education makes knowledge, skill, and ideas useful. Assessment should determine whether you can use your learning, not merely whether you learned stuff."

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USE OF PORTFOLIOS IN EVALUATION

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Ahhh, portfolios! This article gives a strong overview of portfolio assessment, when it works, why it works, and when it shouldn't be used. There's a handy bibliography at the end of the page for further reading and resources.

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What is UbD? Grant Wiggins Answers, with Video Cases

An overview - with examples from schools - of Understanding by Design, by co-author Grant Wiggins
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Understanding by Design involves using backward design.  Work backwards from your goals and design a unit from that goal. I LOVE this video—it emphasizes that not only the teacher should be aware of “the big idea;” the students should know why they’re doing the assessment activities they’re doing, too.  In  this way, students and teachers are holding one another accountable because everyone is reading from the same playbook.

 

Grant Wiggins has been a hero of mine for a couple of years now, and this video has just added to that.

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Twitter / reyjunco : 5 formative assessment practices ...

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This is a pretty basic chart that demonstrates the relationships between formative assessment and gameplay. Used correctly, I think this is a wonderful opportunity. I worry though, that people will frantically jump onboard the edu-tainment train and plan activities that cannot be linked to assessments or core outcomes... I suppose that's the danger of any trend though, isn't it?

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Assessment in Education Discussion

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"Assessment in Education Discussion", a playlist created by Jenni Bartels
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This is a slightly different take on assessment—from a psychologist’s perspective; it’s framed as a discussion of criteria- and norm-referenced assessment. What this really is, collectively (all 5 parts) is a discussion of the evolution of educational assessment.  Very interesting!  This gentleman reminds me very much of Sir Ken Robinson.

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What is Authentic Assessment? (Authentic Assessment Toolbox)

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This is a really great introduction to authentic assessment, why it should be done, and how to do it. The author, Jon Mueller, is a professor of Psychology at North Central College in Naperville, IL-- the same place the school exercise study was done!-- and he does a fine job of providing user-friendly examples and explanations. It's not a definitive guide, but it's darn close.

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Before and After the Flipped Class

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This is the first in a short series of guest posts.  Each guest will be sharing their story of transformation.  Each illustrates how one teacher transformed their classroom and their teac...
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This is a great article on the merits of a flipped classroom and its benefits for students and teachers in matters of assessment and comprehension. It explores some before-and-after scenarios and gives new flippers some concrete ideas and direction.

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Understanding by Design

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"Understanding by Design", a playlist created by Jenni Bartels
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Grant Wiggins in person! Here's his discussion of UbD, how to make instruction more effective, and-- by default-- how to make assessment more effective and meaningful.

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Dr. Helen Barrett's Electronic Portfolios

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Dr. Helen Barrett is THE WOMAN when it comes to ePortfolio work. Her work in this field is comprehensive-- almost exhaustive. In short, she knows her stuff!  If you're looking for ways to use ePortfolios and digital storytelling for authentic assessment strategies, this is a site you want to bookmark. Twice.

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Toward Genuine Accountability: The Case for a New State Assessment System

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Wiggins’ blueprint for state assessment would provide students with timely and useful feedback on how to improve their work, something the author believes current statewide accountability sy
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Grant Wiggins, design genius, is at it again! This time, he's designed a framework for a new state assessment system. I hope the right people are reading it and taking notes. His model would move us away from "teaching to the test," and into more authentic assessments that would truly benefit the students.

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How Should We Measure Student Learning? The Many Forms of Assessment

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Assessment is at the heart of education: Teachers and parents use test scores to gauge a student's academic strengths and weaknesses, communities rely on these scores to judge the quality of their edu...
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Much of this article is well-known to educators already.  "Assessment is the bedrock of education.... Test scores are used to judge the quality of education systems..."  What is most interesting about this page is the discussion that follows.  To observe how many teachers are experiencing the same struggles and resistance from students and administrators is at once sad and uplifting. On the one hand, it is easy to become frustrated by seeing the same battles being fought everywhere. But the inspiring part of this is that there IS a community of teachers who ARE trying to make changes and who continue to fight-- not for better grades and test scores, but for better learning and understanding.

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Teaching Resources - Effective Assessment

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The University of Oregon's Teaching
Effectiveness Program (TEP) works with educators to assess and improve
teaching.
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This is an excellent resource site. It defines and outlines learning objectives, providing quality examples from rough draft through revisions to the final product;  it also gives comprehensive examples of ways to assess student learning during a class-- if you scroll to the end of the page titled "Ways to Assess Student Learning During Class," you'll find a downloadable .pdf file with multiple assessment activities that you can readily and easily integrate into your classroom practices; it also has a thorough-- but not overwhelming-- discussion of rubrics.

I highly recommend bookmarking this site!

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GlassLab | Institute of Play

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What is GlassLab doing that is so revolutionary? From the article: "Specifically, the Lab seeks to explore and build a body of credible evidence around the following three hypotheses: (1) digital games with a strong simulation component may be effective learning environments; (2) game-based formative assessments may be well suited to detecting learning gains and offer ethical assessment environments, insofar as they capture learning in the environment where it occurs; and (3) game-based assessments may yield valid, reliable assessment measures."

Individual teachers have been using games like World of Warcraft and the Sims as teaching and learning tools for years, but now we see GlassLab attempting to make these tools into authentic assessment activities. 

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"Authentic" Assessment at School of the Future

Educators at New York's School of the Future have enjoyed great success at teaching and assessing their students. Both efforts are squarely focused on studen...
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New York's School of the Future uses authentic assessment and synthesis activities to target teaching and learning. Edutopia is my new favorite site and YouTube channel!

Designing "the big three" assessments and then designing smaller check-in assessments = great strategy!

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SimCityEDU: Using Games for Formative Assessment | MindShift

SimCityEDU: Using Games for Formative Assessment  | MindShift | JenEd Assessment & Classroom Management | Scoop.it
SimCity As game-based learning gains momentum in education circles, teachers increasingly want substantive proof that games are helpful for learning.
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I haven't quite decided how I feel about this yet. On the one hand, I think integrating games and technology into the classroom is wonderful. I agree with it and use it whenever I can-- when it truly serves a purpose for assessment and instruction.  On the other hand, I'm not sure how I feel about the lines being so blurred between entertainment and education. Play should be play, shouldn't it? Must it be analyzed and assessed as well? 

 

I do admire GlassLab for integrating some structured formative assessment strategies into their format. That is really interesting and innovative.  But part of me can't help but disagree with those educators who feel they need to "compete" for students' attentions by integrating things like this.  Teachers have ALWAYS had to compete with students' extracurricular interests, haven't they?  What is so very different in the digital age?

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