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The Most Important Question Every Assessment Should Answer

The Most Important Question Every Assessment Should Answer | Learning to learn | Scoop.it

"The difference between assessment of learning and assessment for learning is a crucial one, in many ways indicative of an important shift in education.

Traditionally, tests have told teachers and parents how a student “does,” then offers a very accessible point of data (usually percentage correct and subsequent letter grade) that is reported to parents as a performance indicator."


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Sir Ken's education revolution - tweaks won't work - we have to get right down to bare bones and ask 'Why am I doing this assessment?' If the answer doesn't directly involve student learning, perhaps you shouldn't be doing it...

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Mary Starry's curator insight, October 4, 2013 11:04 PM

"Assessment for learning" versus "assessment of learning" is also promoted as a key component of the learning portfolio all colleges of pharmacy need to have to demonstrate student achievement.

Aunty Alice's curator insight, October 6, 2013 8:40 PM

I have practiced a system that covers four of the 5 key strategies for many years starting at five years of age.  I would not teach any other way. With this kind of assessment students after seven years of age can lead parent teacher conferences with ease and confidence. Had a dad in tears once who confessed it was the first time his son had talked meaningfully to him about his learning. Then I was in tears too....

Aunty Alice's curator insight, November 21, 2013 8:03 PM

A good little diagram but it does not address the issue of how to do it..it requires modelling, first by the teacher, then slowly devolving the responsibility to the learner, and focus on one subject area at a time e.g. Literacy . In my experience it also requires set aside time with each student to assess together, recording what has been discussed so it is not forgotten. I am talking about elementary learners here.. 

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Sleep and Teens - Why Nine Hours Matters. And How to Move Them Towards It - Hey Sigmund - Karen Young

Sleep and Teens - Why Nine Hours Matters. And How to Move Them Towards It - Hey Sigmund - Karen Young | Learning to learn | Scoop.it
Most of our teens are doing adolescence tired - and it's not their fault. Here's why 'enough sleep' matters, and how to move them towards their nine hours.
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The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic]

The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic] | Learning to learn | Scoop.it
We'd like to share this critical thinking skills cheatsheet for you to use with your students. Get them asking questions on any topic!
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Bored? No way. Ditching technology makes life complicated and beautiful | Mark Boyle

Bored? No way. Ditching technology makes life complicated and beautiful | Mark Boyle | Learning to learn | Scoop.it
For three months I’ve lived without tech and now realise we need to question its ever-encroaching invasion – before we end up in bed with a sex robot
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Schools to trial happiness lessons for eight-year-olds

Education department tenders for mental health training contracts, which will help pupils see disturbing thoughts as buses
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Which Countries Have Shrinking Populations?

How Japan's Economy Is Destroying Its Youth http://bit.ly/23eayt5 Subscribe! http://bitly.com/1iLOHml With global population rising, some countries ar
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24 Struggles All Third Culture Kids Understand

24 Struggles All Third Culture Kids Understand | Learning to learn | Scoop.it
1. The question, “Where are you from?” is the most annoying, nerve-wrecking, anxiety-inducing question someone can ask you.
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What Changes When a School Embraces Mindfulness?

What Changes When a School Embraces Mindfulness? | Learning to learn | Scoop.it
Taking the time to practice mindfulness, every day, several times a day, has made a big difference at a school trying to overcome trauma.
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Mindfulness in schools works!
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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, March 31, 2016 3:46 AM
This seems to be an example of how it can succeed when it isn't over-hyped. -Lon
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25 awesome apps for teachers, recommended by teachers - TED-Ed

25 awesome apps for teachers, recommended by teachers - TED-Ed | Learning to learn | Scoop.it
What are the best apps for teachers? We asked TED-Ed Innovative Educators and the TED-Ed community. Below, 25 awesome apps recommended for teachers, by teachers.

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I've gone through the 'download every new app and try to play with it' phase and now rarely seek out new apps. From time to time though, it's good to see what other professionals are recommending and using...

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Think I may have already captured this one - but just in case
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'I can be happy – or I can be a teacher'

'I can be happy – or I can be a teacher' | Learning to learn | Scoop.it
The young woman walked into the staffroom and dropped disconsolately into her seat. What was the cause of the defeated body language? Could it be relationship problems, I wondered, or bad news about a loved one. Maybe it was a difficult pupil kicking off. No, this primary teacher had just been asked to complete yet another assessment, crunch the percentages and do it yesterday. 
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How to Instantly Relieve Anxiety

How to Instantly Relieve Anxiety | Learning to learn | Scoop.it
Things have been a little rough for me lately, I’ve faced some stress with some personal family stuff, work stuff and relationship stuff, and though that always seems to be the case for pretty much everybody, there have been times where I was so nervous...
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All children at risk of sex abuse online, warns report

All children at risk of sex abuse online, warns report | Learning to learn | Scoop.it
Children from stable backgrounds - who would not previously be categorised "at risk" - are being lured into abuse through the web, says Barnardo's report
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And this is why you should be worried about kids' internet freedom and unsupervised use...does your 11 year old really net a web-enabled smartphone?

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15-year-old invents $12 probe that harnesses energy from ocean currents - Interesting Engineering

15-year-old invents $12 probe that harnesses energy from ocean currents - Interesting Engineering | Learning to learn | Scoop.it

"Many of us have been bestowed the project of a pen pal in school. Teachers assign these projects in hopes of children being able to get a glimpse of another child’s life and culture, opening their mind to how other kids around the world live. Hannah Herbst, a 15-year old teenager in Florida, did not take this project lightly but used her pen pal’s story to inspire a pretty impressive invention for harnessing energy from ocean currents.

“I found out that she’s living in energy poverty, and she doesn’t have access to things that I take for granted every day,” Herbst explains the motivation from her 9- year old pen pal in Ethiopia. “Then I was boating with my family through the Boca Raton Inlet, and our boat was really jerked around by the current. I thought, why not use this power?”"


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Nuzzel - News From Your Friends

Nuzzel - News From Your Friends | Learning to learn | Scoop.it

Discover the best news stories shared by your friends
on Facebook and Twitter, without being overwhelmed
or missing anything.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 20, 2015 12:55 AM

This looks like a useful tool if you want to create Twitter and facebook feeds for selective groups of people.

wanderingsalsero's curator insight, October 20, 2015 9:54 AM

I have mixed feelings about this. If everybody found the same news interesting it seems like that would be rather dull.

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Raising teenagers: The top psychologist’s guide for parents

Raising teenagers: The top psychologist’s guide for parents | Learning to learn | Scoop.it
There’s every chance that Ian Williamson knows what your teenagers are thinking before they even think it, and certainly before they grunt it. Over a 30-year career as a child an
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Emotional Intelligence - Lessons in Digital Literacy

Emotional Intelligence - Lessons in Digital Literacy | Learning to learn | Scoop.it
This lesson is based on an infographic about the importance of emotional intelligence (EI) and its role in our lives. In the lesson students will explore the differences between IQ and EI and develop an understanding of how they can improve their EI an

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SNAP Coupon NOT VALID 28/3/17 So there you go A waste of time for me !!
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Girls and Their Frenemies

Girls and Their Frenemies | Learning to learn | Scoop.it
By Linda StadeIn schools we talk constantly about protecting girls from harm. We teach them about paedophiles, on-line grooming, sexting, and the harm caused by drug and alcohol use. In reality
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The science of revision: nine ways pupils can revise for exams more effectively

The science of revision: nine ways pupils can revise for exams more effectively | Learning to learn | Scoop.it
Ditch the highlighter and teach a friend. Psychology shows us a lot about how to improve our memory and avoid distractions – here are some dos and don’ts
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What Are Basic Human Rights?

Are Human Rights Getting Worse? http://bit.ly/1STaW06 Subscribe! http://bitly.com/1iLOHml The United Nations is responsible for upholding human right
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Beyond Working Hard: What Growth Mindset Teaches Us About Our Brains

Beyond Working Hard: What Growth Mindset Teaches Us About Our Brains | Learning to learn | Scoop.it
Teaching practices around growth mindset have come a long way in the last few years. Common pitfalls have emerged, as well as strong examples of programs that
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4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy, According to Neuroscience

4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy, According to Neuroscience | Learning to learn | Scoop.it
Ask a question, label emotions, make decisions and give hugs
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An upward spiral - now that's a great thing to get caught up in.

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How to Keep up with all the Constant Changes in Technology

How to Keep up with all the Constant Changes in Technology | Learning to learn | Scoop.it
Classroom teachers and technology innovation has been a hot topic for many, many years. It doesn’t have to be stressful trying to learn something new. Approaching new technology with a plan in place will help you to become a master at technology in the classroom and will reduce the stress that naturally comes with trying to learn new technology.

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Some really good advice and ideas here

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, November 11, 2015 12:49 PM

Simple, yet powerful tips. 

Christine Rounsevell's curator insight, November 11, 2015 6:10 PM

Some useful tips.

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, November 12, 2015 2:39 AM

Nice intro for rookies ;-)

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9 TED Talks on how games can improve your life

9 TED Talks on how games can improve your life | Learning to learn | Scoop.it
These talks show how gamification can bring the spark to everything from physical therapy to international relations.
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The Secret Ice-Breaker: The Type of Play that Boosts Connection - Hey Sigmund - Karen Young

The Secret Ice-Breaker: The Type of Play that Boosts Connection - Hey Sigmund - Karen Young | Learning to learn | Scoop.it
We humans were born to connect and we were born to play. Put them both together and it can spark off a little bit of magic. When we play, we connect. When we’re connected, we get playful. Play boosts academic success, lowers stress, flourishes our innovative side and nurtures well-being, and that’s all backed by research.... Read more »
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Do people understand what rape is? - BBC News

Do people understand what rape is? - BBC News | Learning to learn | Scoop.it
What are the rules when it comes to getting consent?
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Very interesting and insightful stuff here about the sex scene as teenagers experience it.

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The Mindfulness Journey

The Mindfulness Journey | Learning to learn | Scoop.it
Stop doing what you are doing right now! Take three slow and complete breaths.  Now, do it again. It takes just a minute to stop and pause.  That’s how easy the practice of mindfulness can be....
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Some nice insights into being more mindful on a daily basis...

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