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Improving the Way We Grade Science

Improving the Way We Grade Science | Thoughtful Teaching | Scoop.it

Within the last few years, research studies from around the world have shown that assessment can help students learn science, as well as measure how much science they have learned (Black & Wiliam, 1998; Wiliam, Lee, Harrison, & Black, 2004). Research has also suggested that the use of formative assessment, or assessment for learning, can double the rate of student learning (Wiliam & Thompson, in press). Perhaps more remarkable, such improvements have occurred even when achievement is measured using standardized tests.

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Response: Helping Boys Become Stronger Writers

Response: Helping Boys Become Stronger Writers | Thoughtful Teaching | Scoop.it
An award-winning English and Social Studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., Larry Ferlazzo is the author of Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges, The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival...
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Educational Leadership:Feedback for Learning:Seven Keys to Effective Feedback

Educational Leadership:Feedback for Learning:Seven Keys to Effective Feedback | Thoughtful Teaching | Scoop.it

Advice, evaluation, grades—none of these provide the descriptive information that students need to reach their goals. What is true feedback—and how can it improve learning?

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Deep Learning Isn’t about Technology

Deep Learning Isn’t about Technology | Thoughtful Teaching | Scoop.it
Technology is not evidence of 21st century learning. You can embed tech into every aspect of instruction and still have a completely teacher-centered classroom.
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Brain Research: Adolescents Learn More in Cooperative Groups | MiddleWeb

Brain Research: Adolescents Learn More in Cooperative Groups | MiddleWeb | Thoughtful Teaching | Scoop.it
Judy Willis, a neurologist & middle grades teacher, says adolescent brains learn more through interactive, interdependent group work.
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What We Learned: A 1:1 iPad Reflection

What We Learned: A 1:1 iPad Reflection | Thoughtful Teaching | Scoop.it
This past week at Burlington High School, we started rolling out iPads for incoming freshmen. During this process, I couldn't help but reflect on what had occurred over the course of a year.
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Improving the Way We Grade Science

Improving the Way We Grade Science | Thoughtful Teaching | Scoop.it

Within the last few years, research studies from around the world have shown that assessment can help students learn science, as well as measure how much science they have learned (Black & Wiliam, 1998; Wiliam, Lee, Harrison, & Black, 2004). Research has also suggested that the use of formative assessment, or assessment for learning, can double the rate of student learning (Wiliam & Thompson, in press). Perhaps more remarkable, such improvements have occurred even when achievement is measured using standardized tests.

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From Degrading to De-Grading

A very thought-provoking essay about the impact that grading has on student learning. Love him or hate him, Alfie Kohn is always interesting!

 

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Why Should Techies Care About Education Theory?

Why Should Techies Care About Education Theory? | Thoughtful Teaching | Scoop.it

Why Should Techies Care About (20th Century) Education Theory?
Debates about education are by no means new: What’s the best way to teach? What’s the best way to learn? What should the curriculum be? Who should have access to specialized knowledge and specialized training? How does technology impact all of these questions?

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Challenge by Choice with Tiered Instruction and Assessment

Challenge by Choice with Tiered Instruction and Assessment | Thoughtful Teaching | Scoop.it

What happens when students are offered tiered choices of challenge within diverse classroom communities?

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Teaching Critical Thinking Skills Through Project Based Learning - The Partnership for 21st Century Skills

Teaching Critical Thinking Skills Through Project Based Learning - The Partnership for 21st Century Skills | Thoughtful Teaching | Scoop.it
DRIVING QUESTION: Does Project Based Learning Teach Critical Thinking?
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New teacher evaluations start to hurt students

Much of the discussion about the use of student standardized test scores to evaluate teachers has centered on how unfair the “value-added” method is to teachers because it is unreliable and can — and does — label effective teachers as ineffective too often. But there are consequences for the students too, and they are just starting to be seen. This is explained by in this post by Carol Burris, the award-winning principal of South Side High School in Rockville Centre, New York. She is the co-author of the New York Principals letter of concern regarding the evaluation of teachers by student test scores, which has been signed by more than 1,500 New York principals and more than 5,400 teachers, parents, professors, administrators and citizens. You can read the letter by clicking here.

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Coaching a Surgeon: What Makes Top Performers Better?

Coaching a Surgeon: What Makes Top Performers Better? | Thoughtful Teaching | Scoop.it

The value of coaching, especially for high-performing professionals (like teachers!)

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No, algebra isn’t necessary — and yes, STEM is overrated

No, algebra isn’t necessary — and yes, STEM  is overrated | Thoughtful Teaching | Scoop.it
A cognitive scientist and artifical intelligence theorist argues that our push for more STEM education is off base. Why?

 

NOTE: I'm not necessarily endorsing the views espoused in this article (or any other article I share). I thought it was an interesting article though, and good food for thought. And thought is always good!

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Are kids really motivated by technology? | SmartBlogs

Are kids really motivated by technology? | SmartBlogs | Thoughtful Teaching | Scoop.it

What students are really motivated by are opportunities to be social — to interact around challenging concepts in powerful conversations with their peers. They are motivated by issues connected to fairness and justice. They are motivated by the important people in their lives, by the opportunity to wrestle with the big ideas rolling around in their minds, and by the often-troubling changes they see happening in the world around them.

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Seven Reasons for Standards-Based Grading

Seven Reasons for Standards-Based Grading | Thoughtful Teaching | Scoop.it

One grading practice that is gaining popularity is standards-based grading, which involves measuring students' proficiency on well-defined course objectives (Tomlinson & McTighe, 2006). Although many districts adopt standards-based grading in addition to traditional grades, standards-based grading can and should replace traditional point-based grades.

 

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Standards-Based Grading – An Explanation

Standards-Based Grading – An Explanation | Thoughtful Teaching | Scoop.it
This class is based on a method of assessment called Standards-Based Grading. The goal of this method is to have your numerical/letter grade at the end of a term represent your mastery of the subje...
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Power Standards: How to Focus Lessons and Learning Goals

Power Standards: How to Focus Lessons and Learning Goals | Thoughtful Teaching | Scoop.it

Strategy number one is simply to focus -- like a laser beam -- on a few key, high-priority standards to teach really well.

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A Neurologist Makes the Case for Teaching Teachers About the Brain

A Neurologist Makes the Case for Teaching Teachers About the Brain | Thoughtful Teaching | Scoop.it

"Neuroscience should be required for all students [of education] . . . to familiarize them with the orienting concepts [of] the field, the culture of scientific inquiry, and the special demands of what qualifies as scientifically based education research." - Eisenhart & DeHaan, 2005

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