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Tools to Assess Social and Emotional Learning in Schools

Tools to Assess Social and Emotional Learning in Schools | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Social and emotional learning (SEL) plays a key role in children's academic readiness and success. Students with strong SEL skills participate more in the classroom, have more positive attitudes about and involvement with school, are more accepted by classmates, and are given more instruction and positive feedback by teachers. Without SEL skills, young children are more likely to dislike school and perform poorly on academic tasks, and later experience grade retention and dropout (Raver & Knitzer, 2002).

In the same way that assessment is important for understanding students' academic learning, it is also important for understanding students' social and emotional learning. A well-designed SEL program includes not only evidence-based curricula and instruction (along with support for teachers), but also clear goals and benchmarks (i.e., standards), and tools for universal and targeted screening and progress monitoring.
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What's A Learning Simulation?

What's A Learning Simulation? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Clark Aldrich: A learning simulation is an experience designed to rigorously help users develop competence and conviction.   A learning simulation is a combination of modeling elements, entertainment (or game) elements, and instructional (or pedagogical) elements.  These can range from pure media (which do not involve any other humans), to experiences that use coaches, teammates, competitors, and communities.

Learning simulations historically have fallen into two categories.  There are educational simulations that follow the rigor and fidelity of a flight simulators.  And there are serious games, that follow the entertainment model of a SimCity.
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OER Commons

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The goal of this two to three day exemplar is to give students the opportunity to use the reading and writing habits theyve been practicing on a regular basis to absorb deep lessons from Richard Feynmans recollections of interactions with his father. By reading and rereading the passage closely, and focusing their reading through a series of questions and discussion about the text, students will identify how and why Feynman started to look at the world through the eyes of a scientist. When combined with writing about the passage, students will discover how much they can learn from a memoir. This close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students.

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Data Discussion

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How can teachers capitalize on data about student learning that are generated in their classrooms every day? How can this information best be collected and used to increase student learning? Making data part of instructional planning can be challenging, especially if teachers are not used to thinking about assessment and data as a regular part of the process.

Effective feedback  is a great way for teachers to use collected data in order to improve student learning.

Results from almost any assessment can be of great benefit to students, provided they are used to make instructional adjustments. And — the shorter the amount of time between assessment and adjustment — the more powerful its effect on learning. Just like a diet plan that sits on your desk…until you actually pick it up and DO something with it, it isn’t going to affect much!

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The Trouble With Measuring Understanding

The Trouble With Measuring Understanding | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

...But to pull back and look at the big picture is a bit troubling. There are so many moving parts in learning: assessment design, academic standards, underpinning learning targets for each standard, big ideas, essential questions, instructional strategies — and on and on and on in an endless, dizzying dance.

Why so much “stuff” for what should be a relatively simple relationship between learner and content?

Because it’s so difficult to agree on what understanding is — what it looks like, what learners should be able to say or do to prove that they in fact understand. Wiggins and McTighe go on in the UbD series to ask, “Mindful of our tendency to use the words understand and know interchangeably, what worthy conceptual distinctions should we safeguard in talking about the difference between knowledge and understanding?”2

- See more at: http://xn--www-efa.teachthought.com/learning/trouble-measuring-understanding/#sthash.vF7wt0tt.dpuf


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Assessment & Teaching of 21st-Century Skills

Check out @unimelb's assessment & teaching of 21st century skills: http://t.co/pHkXlGP1 Teaching students skills they need now!

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5 Tips For Assessing What Students Know - Articles - Educational Technology - ICT in Education | Leadership in Distance Education | Scoop.it

5 Tips For Assessing What Students Know - Articles - Educational Technology - ICT in Education | Leadership in Distance Education | Scoop.it | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The Educational Technology - ICT in Education website is aimed at teachers, users, leaders and managers of educational ICT. Published by Terry Freedman, a UK-based independent educational consultant.

Via Marina Milner-Bolotin
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Better Standardized Testing (Myths and Falsehoods) | Cognitive Rigor to the Core!

Better Standardized Testing (Myths and Falsehoods) | Cognitive Rigor to the Core! | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Argument: Testing doesn't assess everything a child needs to learn!

This argument is a form of the Nirvana fallacy, where an idea is rejected because it doesn't provide a perfect solution to a problem or fails to meet every single criterion for effectiveness. No matter how well a test is designed, it will never capture all of the factors needed for students to succeed. 
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Walkup raises important points that points back to the need for others to evaluate our thinking and actions. We are human, so we can't be perfect. The most obvious of our imperfections is captured by the endless list of fallacies and biases. In the end, only (mostly) the most mentally ill will see herself as the bad guy in her life story. No matter what we do, we have rationales or rationalizations. Even when we're wrong, we can only mostly see our errors in retrospect. (To experience this, try editing your own writing then hand it over to someone else to edit.Then compare the editing suggestions.) 

 

On the other hand, we also need to trust and respect our evaluators. This is something that standardized testing--based on how they are constructed--can provide based on objectivity and sample sizes. And we all believe in testing. "When a calculus teacher assesses her students on Taylor series expansions, she knows fully well that her assessment will fail to capture many of the personal traits needed to be a successful mathematician. Yet, she still assigns the test."

 "Standardized testing is no different. Results of standardized testing are limited to uncovering gaps in basic concepts/skills acquisition. We should acknowledge as such."  

This is better than depending on the opinionated colleague down the hall who finds success certain ways that fits his personality, but doesn't fit well for anyone else. 

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Sharrock's curator insight, March 8, 2015 7:17 PM

Walkup raises important points that points back to the need for others to evaluate our thinking and actions. We are human, so we can't be perfect. The most obvious of our imperfections is captured by the endless list of fallacies and biases. In the end, only (mostly) the most mentally ill will see herself as the bad guy in her life story. No matter what we do, we have rationales or rationalizations. Even when we're wrong, we can only mostly see our errors in retrospect. (To experience this, try editing your own writing then hand it over to someone else to edit.Then compare the editing suggestions.) 

 

On the other hand, we also need to trust and respect our evaluators. This is something that standardized testing--based on how they are constructed--can provide based on objectivity and sample sizes. And we all believe in testing. "When a calculus teacher assesses her students on Taylor series expansions, she knows fully well that her assessment will fail to capture many of the personal traits needed to be a successful mathematician. Yet, she still assigns the test."

 "Standardized testing is no different. Results of standardized testing are limited to uncovering gaps in basic concepts/skills acquisition. We should acknowledge as such."  

This is better than depending on the opinionated colleague down the hall who finds success certain ways that fits his personality, but doesn't fit well for anyone else. 

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Student on Common Core: It's a "life changer"


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16 Best Online Tools for Testing Code Snippets

16 Best Online Tools for Testing Code Snippets | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Every developer want to check their code before use. So over the internet, we have have some most popular online tools that help programmers to testing and debugging their code and also having facility to share and backup their data on the server.

 

Today we have collected some best tool that plays most important role among developers for testing code snippets and be a perfect programmers and make complete their task as soon as possible. Visit this list of online tools for testing code snippets and make useful for you.


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Promoting a Culture of Learning

Promoting a Culture of Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Learning is a culture.

It starts as a culture with the students as human beings needing to understand their environment. And it ends as a culture with students taking what we give them and using it
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How do you balance promotion of valuing intrinsic motivation and rewards against extrinsic motivations, state assessments, and other societal values? This article begins the discussion with that question in the back of my mind.

 

What is a culture of learning?

excerpt: "The short answer is that a culture of learning is a collection of thinking habits, beliefs about self, and collaborative workflows that result in sustained critical learning."

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54 teacher-created examples of Formative Assessment - Google Drive

54 teacher-created examples of Formative Assessment - Google Drive | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Try out these 54 teacher-created examples of formative assessments:http://bit.ly/1bLbLzX during the new year.


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, January 9, 2014 7:02 PM

This is a great assessment resource list for the 21st century learning environment. All approaches can be modified to fit your target learner.

KatieMacDonald's curator insight, January 14, 2014 5:15 PM

Something to try...

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10 Hilarious Hoax Sites to Test Website Evaluation | TeachBytes

10 Hilarious Hoax Sites to Test Website Evaluation | TeachBytes | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

In this day and age, where anyone with access to the internet can create a website, it is critical that we as educators teach our students how to evaluate web content. There are some great resources available for educating ...


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Classroom Freebies Too: {FREE} Ticket Out the Door - Exit Slip

Classroom Freebies Too: {FREE} Ticket Out the Door - Exit Slip | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Are you looking for a quick way to assess student learning? Download this FREE "Ticket Out the Door" exit slip to use ... Boy...people who think that teachers have the Summer off....... 3 hours ago. Making It As A Middle School ...

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