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Tools for assessing and evaluating student learning
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Formative Assessment: 7 Easy Ways To Assess Without Testing

Formative Assessment: 7 Easy Ways To Assess Without Testing | Formative Assessment for Learning | Scoop.it
Children don’t learn any more or any better because of standardized testing unless there is feedback on how they can improve.

But SATs seem to be the weapon of choice for many governments across the globe. It seems that little else matters but the metrics by which our political masters judge our schools. At a recent head teachers conference, one of the most astute comments was ‘you can assess without testing.’ There are many ways to assess, and here are seven:


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Top 5 Strategies for Motivating Students

Top 5 Strategies for Motivating Students | Formative Assessment for Learning | Scoop.it
A great teacher recognizes that student motivation is necessary for success in learning and teachers are in the perfect position to improve student motivation.
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A School-Improvement Guidebook: Embrace Honest Feedback

A School-Improvement Guidebook: Embrace Honest Feedback | Formative Assessment for Learning | Scoop.it
Emily Moyes reflects on how working with a trusted PLC and instructional coach has helped her become a better teacher.
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Why you should let your children fail more often

Why you should let your children fail more often | Formative Assessment for Learning | Scoop.it
We then reinforce this genetic wiring against failure in our own offspring. We don’t let them fall on the grass. We coddle them with participation trophies. We reframe their failures as successes. We focus on conventional metrics of success—the right grades, the right college, the right job.

We put their training wheels on but never take them off.

This attitude reminds me of the famous scene from A Few Good Men. Our children are like Tom Cruise yelling, “I want the truth!” We respond as Jack Nicholson does: “You can’t handle the truth.”

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Components of Balanced Literacy and Strategies for the Classroom

Components of Balanced Literacy and Strategies for the Classroom | Formative Assessment for Learning | Scoop.it
The components of Balanced Literacy and strategies for the classroom! See what I do in the classroom to integrate various literacy instruction and guide students toward proficient and lifelong reading.
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Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools

Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools | Formative Assessment for Learning | Scoop.it
Checking for understanding is good for both students and teachers. We’ve rounded up a variety of digital tools to help you do it.

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The ‘Show Me’ Grading System of the Future

The ‘Show Me’ Grading System of the Future | Formative Assessment for Learning | Scoop.it
Over 200 schools are developing a new way to grade and report on student work, focused on reporting on 21st-century skills and dispositions rather than subject-specific letter grades. Skills will include ‘analytical and creative thinking,’ ‘complex communication,’ and ‘digital and quantitative literacy.’ Behind each mark are links to a student portfolio of work that demonstrates growth and competence through real work sample

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 28, 8:31 AM

This looks really interesting. Would be great to see a change in how students are assessed.

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50 Things You Can Say To Encourage A Child -

50 Things You Can Say To Encourage A Child - | Formative Assessment for Learning | Scoop.it
50 Things You Can Say To Encourage A Child by TeachThought Staff There are many ways to encourage a child, but for students of any age, honest, authentic, and persistent messages from adults that have credibility in their eyes are among the most powerful. The National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning has put together the …
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A Troubling Side Effect of Praise

A Troubling Side Effect of Praise | Formative Assessment for Learning | Scoop.it
Young students who are praised for being smart are more likely to cheat, a new study finds.
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Everything You Wanted to Know About Formative Assessment But Were Afraid to Ask…

Everything You Wanted to Know About Formative Assessment But Were Afraid to Ask… | Formative Assessment for Learning | Scoop.it
Recently Steven Anderson and I had an engaging discussion on the topic of Formative Assessment for ACER Education. Check out what we had to say. Some of the highlights: What Is Formative Assessment…
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Do No Harm: Flexible and Smart Grading Practices

Do No Harm: Flexible and Smart Grading Practices | Formative Assessment for Learning | Scoop.it
Have students take responsibility for their grades and behavior by strategically offering opportunities to redo assignments, retake tests, and reflect on their performance.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, November 16, 2017 1:16 PM
Learning and growing are ongoing. Taking that stance means teachers would offer students opportunities to redo activities, retake tests, and reflecting on their learning (metacognition).
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Developing Students’ Ability to Give and Take Effective Feedback

Developing Students’ Ability to Give and Take Effective Feedback | Formative Assessment for Learning | Scoop.it
Schools are using a modified version of the Six Thinking Hats technique to teach students how to give effective feedback to one another.
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Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation

Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation | Formative Assessment for Learning | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Dr. Allen Mendler presents eight strategies for helping your students reclaim and master the lost art of conversation.
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Going Gradeless: Creating an Action Plan –

Going Gradeless: Creating an Action Plan – | Formative Assessment for Learning | Scoop.it
It is important when you go gradeless that students are included in the evaluation process. You also want to make sure that you have complete transparency with your students and parents when it comes to your objective for the year. What a student is learning should never be a mystery; how they are measured on…
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Why Are Formative Assessments Essential to Effective Next Generation Science Instruction?

Why Are Formative Assessments Essential to Effective Next Generation Science Instruction? | Formative Assessment for Learning | Scoop.it
Learn how next generation science standards are changing the expectations of teachers and students in a way that requires constant feedback to refine student and teacher practices. Learn why summative assessments being replaced by formative assessments in next generation classrooms K-12.
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Self-Assessment in Middle School

Self-Assessment in Middle School | Formative Assessment for Learning | Scoop.it
Inspired by John Hattie, a middle school math teacher encourages students to articulate and measure their own learning.
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Data-driven learning, not instruction, is the future of education

Data-driven learning, not instruction, is the future of education | Formative Assessment for Learning | Scoop.it
Data-driven instruction may be the popular catchphrase in education, but in a recent edWebinar, the speakers advocated for data-driven learning.
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Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation in the Classroom

Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation in the Classroom | Formative Assessment for Learning | Scoop.it
The word intrinsic means to come from inside, so it seems counterintuitive to imply that we can train a student to be intrinsically motivated. While we cannot change who a student is as an individual, we can can create the optimum environment to encourage students to develop their own motivation muscles. Here are a few suggestions to get you started. 
1. Know your students.
Get to know your kids as individuals and discover what they’re interested in and how they learn best. Then design your instruction around these motivating factors. Change up your instruction to keep kids engaged and interested. Provide a mix of independent, partner, and group work. Use technology. Incorporate art. Keep your finger on the pulse of your students and adjust as necessary.

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Getting Feedback Right: a Q&A With John Hattie

Getting Feedback Right: a Q&A With John Hattie | Formative Assessment for Learning | Scoop.it
There's very little research on how students progress; there's a lot more research on how teachers think students should progress. We asked 1,000-plus teachers what they meant by feedback, and it was very much focused on [answering], 'How am I doing? Where am I going?' We asked many thousands of students what they meant and it was simple: 'Help me know what to do now.'

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Very interesting, particularly the last paragraph.
 
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How much of your lesson should be teacher talk?

How much of your lesson should be teacher talk? | Formative Assessment for Learning | Scoop.it
When the teacher does talk, it needs to incorporate all the essential skills of good presentation (which Mercer says anyone can learn to do well) and it needs to be considered and well-thought-through in its content.

When the teacher is not talking, pupils need activities to promote spoken language skills, and these are not, he stresses, just those skills that seem to be promoted through oracy interventions.

“There is tendency to think of oracy as speech-making or taking part in debates, but we actually mean the full range of spoken language skills, which would include working in a team, helping someone else learn something, listening sensitively to someone so you can help them, and so on,” he explains. “Children will differ in these skills.Some may be excellent making speeches but not skilled in a group situation – they may not listen to anyone else at all. While another student may be the opposite.”

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Framing 'failure' as a necessary educational experience

Framing 'failure' as a necessary educational experience | Formative Assessment for Learning | Scoop.it

"Though failure is often described solely as a means to determine a path towards success, educators and panelists at a recent two-day event at Teachers College, Columbia University stressed the importance of incorporating failure into learning and the ways to use it productively, in higher ed courses, K-12 classrooms and teacher preparation programs."


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EDTECH@UTRGV's curator insight, December 14, 2017 12:23 PM

Sometimes we learn more through trial and error than from getting it right the first time. I think we need to provide more opportunities to allow students to experiment without penalty for failure.

 
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Why I Don't Grade

Why I Don't Grade | Formative Assessment for Learning | Scoop.it
Grades are currency for a capitalist system that reduces learning to a transaction. Grading is a massive co-ordinated effort to take humans out of the educational process.
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Feedback and Formative Assessments Fuel Student Achievement

Feedback and Formative Assessments Fuel Student Achievement | Formative Assessment for Learning | Scoop.it
Here's a simple way to fuel student achievement—add formative assessment and feedback to your online lesson modules.
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When The Focus Is On The Student, Not The Class

When The Focus Is On The Student, Not The Class | Formative Assessment for Learning | Scoop.it
One small school district in New Hampshire was performing at the bottom of the state when it came to standardized tests and graduation rates. Then, leaders totally changed the way teachers taught.
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Critique Protocol: Helping Students Produce High-Quality Work

Critique Protocol: Helping Students Produce High-Quality Work | Formative Assessment for Learning | Scoop.it
Your students can improve their work by recognizing the strengths and weaknesses in the work of others.
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