Formative Assessment Tools and Tips from Monica Burns #FormativeTech

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Monica Burns, author of #FormativeTech , shares essential tools and tips for effective formative assessment. ” In today’s show on formative assessment, Monica will discuss: What is successful formative assessment. Today’s Meet.

2017 Teachers Pay Teachers’ July Conference — Overview

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million education-oriented Pre-K through High School lesson plans, curricula, videos, classroom activities, assessments, books, bulletin board ideas, classroom decorations, interactive notebooks, task cards, Common Core resources, and more. TpT 2017 Conference Observations.

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The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017


“More tech-based monitoring and assessment tools will be incorporated into to the instructional mix.” Many schools employ the use of a web filter to meet these requirements; however, administrators required new solutions that extended protection to school-owned devices at home.

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5 Ways to Add Morning Meetings to Special Ed Classrooms

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Dr. Felicia Durden shares methods behind having a powerful morning meeting in special education classrooms. 5 Ways to Add Morning Meetings to Special Ed Classrooms. Friday, October 13, 2017. Step 1: Set up Your Room for Morning Meetings.

10 Summer Jobs For Teachers 2017

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Please find 10 summer jobs for teachers in 2017 listed below. 10 Summer Jobs For Teachers in 2017: Back to Basics Learning Dynamics is hiring experienced, accomplished tutors, teachers, translators, interpreters, and education specialists in Delaware. Summer jobs for teachers in 2017!

iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment

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Dr. Sean Nank’s research shows that the single biggest method for improving learning with iPads is to use online formative assessments. However, his formative assessments have a twist — students are all answering DIFFERENT math questions. Meet Next Generation Science Standards.

Summer 2017 Learning Series: Create Solid School:Home Relationships This Year

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From there we looked at Formative Assessment and how easy it is to do today. Ensuring that all stakeholders receive the best, most complete information, on a “channel” that meets their needs can be a challenge.

How Magnolia ISD ‘leveled the playing field’ for students in math

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When the director of math instruction for the district asked the instructional coaches at each elementary school to pilot a new math resource, Szako chose Stepping Stones, which she discovered at a county education meeting.

4 Reasons to Use Kids Discover Online for Inquiry-Based Learning

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I’ve found a tool that can help with inquiry-based learning, nonfiction reading, and meeting standards: Kids Discover Online. After students read, they can take a quick assessment about the topic. Students can take an assessment just after reading.

This is What Powerful Learning Looks Like, Students Share Their Stories

Digital Promise

They are empowered to “DO SOMETHING” – and then do it, assess and adjust along the way, and they share their victories, lessons learned, and any needs and concerns. I was at a school last year that showed movies during science class to meet a science lesson requirement.

Meeting the Educational Challenges of COVID-19 Together

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The study looked at data for over five million students in grades 3 through 8 who had taken NWEA’s MAP Growth assessments in 2017-2018. ST Math meets WWC quasi-experiment and ESSA Tier 2 requirements, and the program's unique, patented approach delivers robust results on a national scale.

5 Ideas for Improving Student Writing

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Jennifer Serravallo (@ jserravallo ) is a literacy consultant, speaker, and the author of several popular titles including the NY Times Bestselling The Reading Strategies Book , the newly-released Writing Strategies Book , and the two-time award-winning Independent Reading Assessment Series.

The Vocabulary Doctors: How to Teach Vocabulary

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Angela has also authored or co-authored 13 books, including Blended Vocabulary for K–12 Classrooms: Harnessing the Power of Digital Tools and Direct Instruction (2017) and the bestseller The Data Teams Experience: A Guide to Effective Meetings (2014).

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Standout with these 5 Lesson Improvement Tips


In a list of assessment writing tips compiled by Brown University, researchers cited the importance of assessments as part of the learning process. Knowing ahead of time how you plan to assess students on a given topic can be an incredibly valuable tool in lesson planning.

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Goodbye ABCs: How One State is Moving Beyond Grade Levels and Graded Assessments


The program—short for “no grades, no grades”—is hallmarked by the schools shifting to a more competency-based assessment structure and removal of grade levels. Those barriers include “(1) student assessments that don't accurately reflect students’ true understandings and skills and (2) methods for grouping students (by age) that often poorly align to their true needs as learners.”.

5 Fantastic Peer Feedback Strategies for Your Classroom

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We are also hosting a giveaway contest with her book on assessment. Books Starr has authored: Teaching Mythology Exposed: Helping Teachers Create Visionary Classroom Perspective , Blogging for Educators , Teaching Students to Self Assess: How do I help Students grow as learners? ,

Game-Based Learning Meets Science Standards



What is Standards-based Grading?

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Here are details you’ll like: All relevant teacher information is included on the teacher dashboard with links to dig deeper into standards, students, assessments, assignments, and more. Teachers create assessments aligned with pre-selected standards.

Discovery Education Monthly STEM Content Highlights – February 2017

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Download the February 2017 STEMtistic Image. The 2017 3M Young Scientist Challenge (YSC) has opened for entries and is looking for the most innovative thinker in America. Learn about the process here: Application Process – DUE April 19, 2017.


Strategies for Surviving All Types of Assessments

Whether you are a first-year teacher or a veteran teacher, classroom and system-wide assessments can be a time of high anxiety and stress for everyone involved. For high-stakes testing, attend all scheduled state-mandated meetings and trainings, take notes and ask questions.

Rethink Your Grading Practices

Catlin Tucker

This year I have posted several blogs about grading and assessment. I explain that I use blended learning models, like Station Rotation and Whole Class Rotation, to create the time and space needed to move assessment into the classroom.

Tired Edtech Trends That Teachers Wish Would Retire: From the Floor of ISTE 2017


On the floor of the ISTE conference, it’s easy to meet educators and administrators from all over the country (and the world at large). There are hundreds of sources for digital assessment online that uses the same technology that these digital scantron pictures are doing for them. You can discuss edtech implementation strategies, hear about favorite tools, and get to know those practices that teachers are excited to bring back to their students.

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6 Tech Treasures for Special Ed Teachers (K-6)

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Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

Respect Thy Time: How to Stop Calling Meetings That People Hate


That is, teachers and professors should be able to spend most of their non-teaching time, energy and attention on writing lesson plans, assessing student work, conferring with students, and collaborating with their colleagues. Each week, school leaders are responsible for calling meetings. (Or Or they are responsible for someone who is responsible for calling meetings). One way to call a meeting is to digitally force an event onto people’s calendar.

5 Ways to Be an Unforgettable Teacher

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Quickly create assessments for any grade or subject without special forms or equipment. Date: Friday, October 27, 2017. One thing that I did this year — and I found it to be a game-changer — was I implemented a weekly meeting. 2 – Class meeting about learning.

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New to Competency-Based Learning? Here're Five Ways to Assess It


When a competency-based approach to assessment is in place, students must show what they know as well as what they can do. No more just showing up for class and meeting the seat time requirements. And as interest in this approach to teaching and learning increases, so does the need for assessments to support it. Below are five ways to approach competency-based learning assessment.

Meet Caliper, the Data Standard That May Help Us (Finally) Measure Edtech Efficacy


Over 500 education technologists from companies and districts gathered last week in Denver for the IMS Learning Impact meeting , hosted by the IMS Global Consortium. States and districts get results of summative assessments periodically—usually a couple times a year—but it is rare for them to get more frequently. This annual event aims to accelerate the development and adoption of data standards that allow technologies used in schools to “talk” to one another.

5 Ideas to Incorporate Assessment in Project Based Learning … Grounded in the Standards

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Are you going to Alan November’s BLC in Boston this July (2017)? I would enjoy meeting you! 5 Ideas to Incorporate Assessment in Project Based Learning… Grounded in the Standards. In this post, I wish to speak to the idea of assessment in PBL.

5 Simple Ways to Improve Teacher Professional Development

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Formative assessment can help teachers understand how students are learning. Formative assessment is a snapshot of how knowledge is forming in a student’s mind. If a session doesn’t meet their needs, they can leave and go to another one.

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Assessing Creative Writing Is Hard, So Here Are Three Ways To Avoid It


Whether it’s a group of retirees who cluster in the back of your corner coffee shop or the so-called Ponzi schemes of MFA programs like the famed Iowa Writers’ Workshop, assessment comes in the form of peer feedback—marginalia and discussion. As the educators I spoke with lamented, “the product is so hard to assess.” He avoids assessing creative writing altogether by assigning his students to write critical essays about their own short stories.

Learning by Design: How Design Tech High School Uses Research

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To meet this goal, Montgomery and his team created a design thinking curriculum, where students learn how to first understand a problem and end-user, then brainstorm solutions, create prototypes, analyze data, and finally, engage in multiple design iterations to solve a problem.

#02: Secrets for Teaching Great Writing in the Classroom by Using Peer Review

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Fantastic Formative Assessment Tools ( ). If the winner does not meet qualifications, another winner will be selected. Winner’s name will be posted on this blog before February 27, 2017.

Advancing Computational Thinking Across K-12 Education

Digital Promise

Five focus on pedagogical practices for teaching computational thinking, such as creating inclusive learning environments, integrating computational thinking into existing curriculum, and assessing computational thinking.

Creating Learning Centers in a Blended Literacy Classroom

The Web20Classroom

Traditionally, literacy educators spent long hours gathering resources, developing tasks and extensions, and reading and analyzing assessment to determine if the instruction was meeting the needs of students.

What Actually Works in EdTech? with Tom Murray

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Murray @thomascmurray is the 2017 US “Thought Leader of the Year” and shares what actually works in edtech. VICKI: Now, you were actually named education thought leader of the year for the US for 2017 , which is a pretty big title, Tom.

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