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5 Assessment Strategies Every Teacher Should Know

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5 Assessment Strategies Every Teacher Should Know

 

Most teachers and current textbooks offer varied approaches to the material to be learned so the teaching can be brain-compatible with the varied student learning styles. It is only logical that respect for these individual learning styles be incorporated into assessment forms.


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, February 11, 2014 6:48 PM

These teaching and learning assessment strategies can be adapted to fit within your learning environment.

Juan Legarda's curator insight, February 12, 2014 6:22 PM

Learning Styles and Assessment:

Kirsten Macaulay's curator insight, February 13, 2014 5:28 AM

Option 1: Open-Book & Take-Home Tests

 

Option 2: Student-Made Tests

 

How My Students Create And Study For Their Own Exams

This is the process I use for student-created math final exams in my classroom. Your process may differ depending on grade level, content area, or other local concerns.

I give the structure for the tests students are required to create such as, “Include 15 calculations and 5 word problems with 2 from each of the 10 subsections of the chapter”I make a copy of each test and change the numbers, but not the structure of the equations. They knew I would do this and that the numbers will be different than the ones they usedStudents are assigned homework to make practice tests on their own, using the template of the test they created and changing the numbers themselvesIn class, for further review, students exchange their practice tests with partners for study and to the confirm accuracy of their answers (as I don’t have an answer key to all of their self-created tests)

Option 3: The Complexity & Diversity Of Project-Based Learning

Option 4: Written Response–Or Rather, The Pre-Writing

Option 5: Ask A Question


Great article.

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The Learning Style Debate

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I am sceptical about learning styles.  Much is made of them, CELTA and DELTA trainees are required to learn about them and to plan their lessons taking into account activities that cater to the vis...

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The 6 Thinkers who Transformed Education and Pedagogy [Infographic]

The 6 Thinkers who Transformed Education and Pedagogy [Infographic] | Montessori Education | Scoop.it

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 10, 2014 6:39 PM

There are a couple of more I might add to the list, but it is still a great group of educators and thinkers. Others I would consider are John Dewey, Maria Montessori, Paulo Freire, and Alfred North Whitehead.  Even with those nine, the list is likely incomplete.

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Teaching Empathy: Turning a Lesson Plan into a Life Skill | Edutopia

Teaching Empathy: Turning a Lesson Plan into a Life Skill | Edutopia | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Joe Hirsch, teacher leader and curriculum developer, describes the jigsaw method of cooperative learning and how it naturally builds empathy as students rely on each other to share pieces of a bigger picture.
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5 Web Tools to Add Comments and Questions to Educational Videos

5 Web Tools to Add Comments and Questions to Educational Videos | Montessori Education | Scoop.it

"If you are looking for web tools to create video lessons or platforms to help you flip your classroom , the tools below are probably what you need."


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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, February 10, 2014 12:30 PM

I've only used eduCanon, which is a good tool, but I couldn't get the embed code to work in our Sakai LMS. It only requires a paid version to use short answer questions. 

Drora Arussy's curator insight, February 11, 2014 8:22 AM

Imagine the possibilities - I can't wait to start playing! What a great way to reinforce language at home!

Ness Crouch's curator insight, February 23, 2014 4:36 PM

I've not heard of some of these tools. I'd like to create more videos so I'll have to try these out.

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The People of Pedagogy Infographic

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The People of Pedagogy Infographic celebrates the contributions six researchers and educational theorists (L. Vygotsky, J. Piaget, J. Bruner, B. Bloom, H. Gardner, E. Erikson) had on our understanding of pedagogy. http://elearninginfographics.com/the-people-of-pedagogy-infographic/


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Teaching With Infographics

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"This past week I taught a few classes on infographics and decided to update the page by adding a section called "Teaching With Infographics". It is important for your students to make sure that they evaluate any infographics they are using, by making sure the author/creator has cited their references. Misinformation on the web exists. Have students read these tips to make a better infographic."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 8, 2014 7:45 PM

The Media Specialist has recently updated her information on teaching with infographics. This post provides many great resources including a post on tips to make better infographics, an in-depth video on teaching with infographics, a series of videos that detail how to use Piktochart to create infographics, and many other resources. If you are considering having students create infographics check out this post for resources.

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 9, 2014 1:57 AM

Great resources including instructional videos. 

Claudia Estrada's curator insight, February 23, 2014 2:56 PM

Working with info graphics has become an important skill now a days because new generation reads better images with less text.  Helping students to become good users of it is developing 21st. century learners.   

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Creativity Becomes an Academic Discipline

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Once considered the product of genius or divine inspiration, creativity — the ability to spot problems and devise smart solutions — is being recast as a teachable skill.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 8, 2014 6:11 PM

I think the message is, and perhaps we need to be educated to this, is there are many opportunities to be creative. We need to see them and seize them.

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The Global Teacher

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Global teachers (should) care about education as a whole, as well as their school and their classroom.  I just want to iterate that if the person only looks at sharing and learning globally, but cannot connect with those in their classroom or school, I would not consider them a “global teacher”.  

They just know that we are better when we work together, not just taking, but contributing.  They know what they share makes a difference for others, as well as knowing what they learn from others makes a difference for their school and students.

So where are you on the spectrum, and what type of teacher would you want in your school?

 
 
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 8, 2014 5:55 PM

This does not require a comment. I just want to curate it for future reference.

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We live in a global world, so we need global teachers

James Jandebeur's curator insight, February 9, 2014 12:57 PM

With an interconnected world, we need to take people outside our immediate circles into account. Hence, this is a good discussion to have for pretty much anyone with Internet access, not just teachers, but teachers are a good place to start.

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A Computational Security Blanket - ScienceCareers.org

A Computational Security Blanket - ScienceCareers.org | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
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An important skill for academics is to learn to manage your time, and especially to learn how to say, "no." —Lorrie ...
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Chromebooks – Natural successor to netbooks

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My wife gave me a choice of gadgets for Christmas – a new MP3 player, or a Chromebook? I have never seen the need to upgrade my ancient MP3 player, and the remaining lifespan of standalone MP3 players is now surely limited by the relentless march of smartphones, wearable tech, and cloud based music services. On the…

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Teaching News Writing to Teach History Writing | Edutopia

Teaching News Writing to Teach History Writing | Edutopia | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
When I was a student, nothing helped me become more skilled at writing history than learning about journalism -- news reporting, in particular. I don't mean to undervalue my fabulous teachers in high school or college, many ...
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Confidence Is Vital When Teaching Coding - Lifehacker Australia

Confidence Is Vital When Teaching Coding - Lifehacker Australia | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
Confidence Is Vital When Teaching Coding
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In Australia, there's a revised IT curriculum but no-one knows when or if it will be introduced. In the UK, there's a push to improve the teaching of programming in schools.
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32 Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms

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32 Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms

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Great Interactive Site on Climate Change

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 11, 2014 6:07 AM

This interactive website allows you to explore climate change from the following perspectives:

* By region (and it is global so you click on the location you want to begin)

* By theme (and there are seven themes):

   - Food Security

   - Food Emissions

   - Climate impact on production

   - Climate impact on people

   - Adaptation

   - Mitigation

   - Policy and Finance

Quoting from Larry Ferlazzo's post Big Facts is "intended to provide a credible and reliable platform for fact checking amid the range of claims that appear in reports, advocacy materials and other sources. Full sources are supplied for all facts and figures and all content has gone through a process of peer review."

This is an open access resource. Much more information may be found at the site. (And think about checking out Larry Ferlazzo's post at http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2014/02/08/very-very-impressive-new-interactive-site-on-climate-change/

No Planeta B's curator insight, March 11, 2014 7:20 PM

EXCELLENT interactive resource on #climatechange ! Take a special look at the #LATAM section and food resources. 

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The Classroom and the Cloud: A Bright Forecast for 2020

The Classroom and the Cloud: A Bright Forecast for 2020 | Montessori Education | Scoop.it

Nevertheless, excellent teaching remains at the heart of student success. It is imperative that educators continue to explore and experiment with new technologies -- and share best practices -- to support positive learning outcomes and successfully propel students in 2020 and beyond.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 10, 2014 5:12 AM

Interesting article though most of what it describes is already possible. Also not much mention of augmented reality, which I think will become increasingly important.

Mauricio Martinez's curator insight, February 10, 2014 8:47 AM

Some teachers still think of technology as "the future of classrooms", however, these innovations are already playing an important role in education. As the article says, "It's not about technology; it's about sharing knowledge and information, communicating efficiently, building learning communities and creating a culture of professionalism in schools.".

aanve's curator insight, February 10, 2014 10:25 PM

www.aanve.com

 

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100 + iPads Apps in the Classroom | Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything

100 + iPads Apps in the Classroom | Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything | Montessori Education | Scoop.it

http://www.schrockguide.net/ipads-in-the-classroom.html

 

"If you find a link that is not working, please let me know the title and I will fix it! Thank you!"


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marissa gibson's curator insight, February 11, 2014 1:13 PM

               1. There are many uses for an ipad in the classroom. The ipad can help both the student and teacher. The students learn more,  can do more, and work together and get more than just there ideas out.  Students learn more from viewing more detailed presentations, they can see different parts of the world while just sitting at there desk, learn about whats happening in the world at that exact moment, practice problems and record notes. They can do more because with the ipads they can create more complex documents and presentations also they can have blogs and voice there own opinions to a broader audience.  Students get to work together with other people by using live broadcasts or making there own websites also they can use websites such as google docs to work with other students without actually being with them. If the ipads are used right they can be extremely helpful but teachers still need to watch and make sure the student stays on track when using the electronic device.

Elaine Brent's curator insight, February 11, 2014 4:17 PM

Brilliant selection of apps - I'm looking forward to trying more of them!

Jordan Varona's curator insight, February 15, 2014 2:08 AM

Considering how integrated technology has become in even basic courses, it seems pointless to resist lest one become outdated and useless as a teacher.

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The Top 5 Tips to Teach Character with Edtech Infographic

The Top 5 Tips to Teach Character with Edtech Infographic | Montessori Education | Scoop.it

There are many ways to use educational technology to foster successful character traits. It’s important to remember as you look for these tools, that they should add to the relationship you have with your students and never replace it. All of the tips presented in The Top 5 Tips to Teach Ch... http://elearninginfographics.com/the-top-5-tips-to-teach-character-with-edtech-infographic/


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22 Habits of Unhappy People

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It is my experience that the more positive habits you have in your life, the more emotional happiness you will experience.

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We know these are bad habits...article provides reminders  that habits can change...we can change.

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Giving: The Most Important Lesson in Life

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One of the most important lessons is that people who care about the needs of others and give of themselves go much further in life. Giving is a winning game

 

Some people may look at you cross-eyed after you make a kind gesture. “C’mon,” they’ll think, “why are you really doing this? No one does something for nothing.” Then, when they realize there’s no catch, something magical will happen. You’ll be viewed in an entirely new light.

 

Just think how far your kindness will go toward building trust, strengthening your relationships, developing teamwork and camaraderie, enhancing your reputation and sense of self-worth — not to mention, adding to your karma.

 

Giving is a winning game. As Patti Thor says, “It’s not that successful people are givers; it is that givers are successful people.” So remember, it IS better to give than receive. Go ahead; give it a try.

 

 
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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 9, 2014 10:18 AM


A MUST READ!!!


ANA's curator insight, February 10, 2014 5:46 AM

Very good lesson

Allan Shaw's curator insight, February 10, 2014 4:14 PM

I am a 'slow learner' but have gradually come to this conclusion over time and experience. We are making, thus far a successful attempt to have young people learn this at a younger age. This is a useful read.

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Curious Homework: An Inquiry Project for Students and Parents

Curious Homework: An Inquiry Project for Students and Parents | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
Blogger Suzie Boss presents real examples of how to continue to engage student curiosity in school after the homework projects are over.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 7, 2014 6:42 PM

I was asked by another educator how I assessed and graded these projects. I said the same way I did with in-class learning. I believed that the parents and children working collaboratively together was a normal and healthy way of learning. They built chairs and prototypes of whale saving devices to learn about construction and physics.

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3 Statements That Describe Rigorous Assessment

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"As we’ve discussed 7 myths about rigor, and the characteristics of rigor in curriculum, the final component is rigorous assessment. There are (at least) three aspects of rigorous assessments."


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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, February 8, 2014 1:16 PM

We've been talking a lot lately about "authentic" assessment.


Here are the three statements discussed in this post. 

1. The Assessment Is Appropriate

2. The Assignment Is Purposeful

3. The Assessment Promotes Understanding

Ness Crouch's curator insight, February 8, 2014 5:53 PM

Rigourous curriculum and assessment is important. These three points are ones that we are continuously focus on. A good read,

Daniel Rimmereid's curator insight, March 25, 2014 8:35 PM

This is a great resource that really describes clearly and concisely what makes a great assessment but it took it one step further by talking about rigor. The first point is that good assessments need to be appropriate. This talks about how the assessment needs to be about what students learned but more importantly it needs to talk about and address what the students learned in a challenging way. If the assessment is too easy then students will not be truly assessed on the material and thus the assessment will be weak. The second point is that assessment needs to be purposeful. It is good for your students to finish an assessment and for them to clearly see what they have produced from that assessment. The third point is that the assessment should allow students to come away with some deeper form of understanding on the topic. I think something that I have taken away from this article is that assessment can be a great tool for deepening students understanding and really giving them something to be able to look back and know that they have accomplished something. 

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How transparent is your organisation?

How transparent is your organisation? | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
Transparency is one of those things that's crucial to becoming a social business.  I've previously outlined the importance of building a work environment that encourages the kind of social behaviou...

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11 Signs That Technology Is A Key Part Of Education - Edudemic

11 Signs That Technology Is A Key Part Of Education - Edudemic | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
The current trend of education technology is nothing to sneeze at. There are iPads and Android devices popping up in classrooms around the world.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, February 7, 2014 10:08 AM

Good stuff.

Zoraini Wati Abas's curator insight, February 7, 2014 10:20 AM

Isn't it obvious yet?

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 7, 2014 1:23 PM

I agree that tools are important and I guess by technology we mean digital which are also important. It is not the tool. It is the way it is chosen. Is it the right tool for this context, this person, this group, this moment, etc? There has to be certain mindfulness involved that is not always evident.

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The misguided effort to teach 'character' - Washington Post (blog)

The misguided effort to teach 'character' - Washington Post (blog) | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
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The misguided effort to teach 'character'
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1773.cover In 2009, Mike Rose, a research professor at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and an author, published “Why School?
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