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Searching for Clarity on Formative Assessment

Searching for Clarity on Formative Assessment | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Ask five teachers what formative assessment is and you're likely to get five different definitions.
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Deepen Reflection, Deepen Learning:  Writing

Deepen Reflection, Deepen Learning:  Writing | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Teachers can learn a lot from asking students to reflect and self-assess against the standards and we do the students and ourselves a disservice by not making it an expectation. Perhaps writing a reflection like this isn't appropriate for every class, maybe a video or voice recording would be better. Know your students and differentiate and scaffold reflections to best suit their individual needs.
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Race and the Standardized Testing Wars

Race and the Standardized Testing Wars | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
A growing number of minority parents and educators are joining the anti-testing movement.
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Students' social media activity monitored for dangerous or criminal behavior including cyberbullying

Students' social media activity monitored for dangerous or criminal behavior including cyberbullying | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Orlando public school system uses monitoring software to check for cyberbullying, suicide threats or criminal activity.
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Embracing Failure as a Necessary Part of Deeper Learning

Embracing Failure as a Necessary Part of Deeper Learning | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
By: Loretta Goodwin - As part of the process of creating innovative and deeper learning environments for students, embracing failure is necessary.
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Charlotte Danielson on Rethinking Teacher Evaluation

I'm deeply troubled by the transformation of teaching from a complex profession requiring nuanced judgment to the performance of certain behaviors that can be ticked off on a checklist. In fact, I (and many others in the academic and policy communities) believe it's time for a major rethinking of how we structure teacher evaluation to ensure that teachers, as professionals, can benefit from numerous opportunities to continually refine their craft.


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What are teachers' knowledge and perceptions of state standards?

What are teachers' knowledge and perceptions of state standards? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
A new RAND Corporation survey of American teachers provides several key areas where states and school districts can do more to help teachers engage in instruction that will most help students meet sta..
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the dominant reading materials English teachers report using for their instruction are leveled readers, which are texts written at students' individual reading levels rather than students' grade level. The Common Core State Standards, in contrast, emphasize use of complex and grade-level texts with all students. Use of leveled readers was especially high among teachers with higher populations of English-language learners — those for whom English is not their first language — in their classrooms and higher numbers of students who receive free and reduced-price lunches.

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Test-Driven Teacher Evaluations Strike Out

The first of the recent strikes against the policy of including test scores to evaluate teachers was delivered by Matthew Kraft of Brow
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Kahoot App Brings Urgency of a Quiz Show to the Classroom

Kahoot App Brings Urgency of a Quiz Show to the Classroom | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The learning game, made by a Norwegian start-up, is sweeping American schools. Over a third of elementary and secondary students used it last month.
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Reconsidering Rigor in Schools — Medium

Reconsidering Rigor in Schools — Medium | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
“There is a momentous, broad-based cultural shift underway that has struck at the roots of every industrialized system of education. The…
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What's So Risky About Teacher-Driven School Reform?

What's So Risky About Teacher-Driven School Reform? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Sammamish High School, a diverse, comprehensive school in Bellevue, Washington, has quietly been in the process of reinventing itself. Education reformers should take note of what's happening there.
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If Engagement is the Problem, Technology is Not the Answer 

If Engagement is the Problem, Technology is Not the Answer - Modern Learning - Medium
“Technology is not the starting point for changing culture in the classroom.”
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Technical glitches plague computer-based standardized tests nationwide

Technical glitches plague computer-based standardized tests nationwide | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Texas, Tennessee and Alaska are among states that have seen significant problems.

 


Frederick M. Hess, a resident scholar and the director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, blamed the widespread testing problems in part on federal pressure to quickly introduce new assessments based on the Common Core State Standards. He likened the technical failures to the disastrous rollout of online health-insurance enrollment for President Obama’s Affordable Care Act."

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We Aren't Using Assessments Correctly

We Aren't Using Assessments Correctly | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Testing data should be used as a tool to enhance instruction and learning for teachers and students, writes John Hattie.
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Use Text Sets to Spark Unstoppable Learning

Use Text Sets to Spark Unstoppable Learning | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Thematic text sets can tap into the social worlds & narrative driven lives of adolescents to spark unstoppable learning, say educators Katie & Chris Cunningham
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Texas Teachers Union Sues to Block New Evaluation System

Texas Teachers Union Sues to Block New Evaluation System | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The union contends that the system, which would have districts base at least 20 percent of a teacher's score on "student growth measures," violates a state law that requires that educators' evaluations be based exclusively on "observable, job-related behavior."
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At schools with sub-par Internet, kids face a poor connection with modern life

At schools with sub-par Internet, kids face a poor connection with modern life | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The financial decisions of telecom companies have put rural students at a disadvantage.
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6 Ways to Help Students Understand Math

6 Ways to Help Students Understand Math | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Help students better understand math by presenting multiple examples, encouraging collaboration on alternative solutions, and framing the class with a clear agenda and effective summary.
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“Resetting” Classroom Management

“Resetting” Classroom Management | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Behavior in one of my large classes recently took a major turn for the worse. And I was not happy about it. It was taking me a long time to get the class quiet when I spoke. During a class discussi…
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 22, 2016 12:46 PM
I found that communicating with students was important. Setting aside time each day to listen and talk with students, was part of the plan.
Victor Ventura's curator insight, August 17, 2016 8:55 AM
" What am I doing?"
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Do kids really take state test seriously?: The standardized testing problem no one talks about

Do kids really take state test seriously?: The standardized testing problem no one talks about | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
All the data, all the analysis of the data, all the conclusions based on the data -- all of that starts with the assumption that the students who took the Big Standardized Test actually tried. What if they didn't?
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Two decades of experience with high-stakes testing have taught me that only if students are held accountable and receive timely feedback on the results of state tests will they take those tests seriously.

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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, April 19, 2016 9:20 AM
Important consideration when talking about engaging students. Do they take our standardized testing seriously? And if not, how can we be sure they are doing their best?
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Attention Students: Put Your Laptops Away & Take Advantage of the Encoding Hypothesis

Attention Students: Put Your Laptops Away & Take Advantage of the Encoding Hypothesis | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Researchers Pam Mueller and Daniel M. Oppenheimer found that students remember more via writing notes longhand rather than on a laptop. It has to do with what happens when you're forced to slow down.
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Math 'camp' teaches struggling students that math can be fun

Math 'camp' teaches struggling students that math can be fun | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Some Charlottetown students are improving their math skills, through a new program held on professional development days, when they wouldn't usually have school.
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Tech and the Race to Read

Tech and the Race to Read | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
A Houston library services specialist finds that the addition of technology motivates learning, helping both students and teachers overcome the challenges of low reading achievement.
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How Raising An Introvert Made Me A Better Educator

How Raising An Introvert Made Me A Better Educator | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
This article first appeared on QuietRev.com
Heidi Kasevich is Quiet Revolution’s Director of Quiet Education, leading the effort t
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Across the country, school districts are quietly arming teachers for the next shooting

Across the country, school districts are quietly arming teachers for the next shooting | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Teachers, it is said, have some of the hardest jobs in the world. The hours are long, and the rewards often intangible. In addition to designing and executing lesson plans, grading homework and coordinating extracurricular activities, teachers are expected to be surrogate parents, offering children personal comfort and protection over the course of a long school day.
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