How NOT to Assess Student Writing

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In my school, every teacher assesses writing. Writing is no longer treated as a stand-alone skill, rather a tool students use to provide evidence of their knowledge. Conduct research based on focused questions that demonstrate understanding of the subject. Gather relevant information, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism. These skills are part of their knowledge base for word processing.

169 Tech Tip #151: 8 Popular Year-long Assessments

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Today’s tip: #151–8 Popular Year-long Assessments. Category: ASSESSMENTS. Assess them anecdotally regularly to track progress. If they don’t understand a term, expect them to use readily-available digital vocabulary tools (right-click tools, a resident dictionary program, and/or a dictionary browser app or extension like the Google Dictionary Chrome extension) during literacy classes to decode unknown words. Tech tips 169 tech tips assessments

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What is Constructivism and How Does it Fit Your Class?

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Because new information is blended into prior knowledge, the result is – of course – subjective, heavily dependent upon the personal lens of each learner. That, in turn, is dependent upon their society, culture, past knowledge, personal experiences, and more. Learning is constructed, not acquired, and is based on the fullness of a person’s individual lifetime of learning. Constructivism also works well with inquiry-based learning (click for more on inquiry-based teaching).

How to Blend DoK into Lesson Plans without a Comprehensive Rewrite

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I recently got a question from a reader asking how the lessons in my K-8 curriculum supported Dr. Norman Webb’s Depth of Knowledge philosophy — an integral concept to her school’s mission. Now, exemplary teachers focus on blending learning into the student’s life knowledge base with the goal of building happy, productive adults. Rather, it itemizes ways students interact with knowledge. How to Create a Tech-based Curriculum Using the SAMR Model.

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What is the 21st Century Lesson Plan?

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Technology and the connected world put a fork in the old model of teaching–instructor in front of the class, sage on the stage, students madly taking notes, textbooks opened to the chapter being reviewed, homework as worksheets based on the text, tests regurgitating important facts. Students are digital natives, already in the habit of learning via technology. Transfer of knowledge is critical.

How to Build Lifelong Learners

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” The first step toward reaching that goal would be opening their minds to fascinating bits and pieces of knowledge, be they about computer games or nature. Teachers get tangled in a web of standards, mission statements, and assessments, and spend too much time on what their institution considers essential. The concept of lifelong learning recognizes that knowledge is not confined to a classroom but takes place throughout life and in a range of situations.

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