How to Assess with Respect with Starr Sackstein

The CoolCatTeacher

Assessment is part of what teachers have to do in school. Although it is required, we teachers can make sure we assess with respect. Listen to Starr Sackstein share how to assess with respect. Although it is required, we teachers can make sure we assess with respect.

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What to do with all that graded work: A functional filing system for secondary teachers

The Cornerstone for Teachers

Over time, however, especially after the experience of participating in the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek , my wheels started turning about how I could apply Angela’s strategies to my own secondary classroom. This article is written by Truth for Teachers writer Leah Bouas.

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iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

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. Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment. Now, Sean, you’re currently working with iPads and some online formative assessments for STEM classrooms. Formative assessment on the iPad that Works.

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Will new standards improve elementary science education?

The Hechinger Report

Science could be considered the perfect elementary school subject. Most elementary school teachers have little scientific background and many say they feel unprepared to teach the subject well, according to a national survey of science and mathematics education conducted by a North Carolina research firm in 2012. It’s one of three elementary school science curriculums Callahan is helping to pilot now that her district decided to re-commit to elementary science education.

Will New Standards Improve Elementary Science Education?

MindShift

Science could be considered the perfect elementary school subject. Most elementary school teachers have little scientific background and many say they feel unprepared to teach the subject well, according to a national survey of science and mathematics education conducted by a North Carolina research firm in 2012. It’s one of three elementary school science curriculums Callahan is helping to pilot now that her district decided to re-commit to elementary science education.

Authentic Assessments to Support Teaching and Learning

edWeb.net

We, as edtech leaders and classroom teachers, must explore pathways where assessments support teaching and learning in the 21st century. Authentic assessments are always about the connections we make with students, each other, and the broader community as indicated in a Gallup poll. Only 47% of secondary students surveyed reported being engaged, enthusiastic and committed to their learning.

Planning for Elementary School Closures #CoronaVirus #CoVid19 #RemoteLearning

The Innovative Educator

In the age of technology, planning for secondary students has become a bit easier as many schools already use platforms like Google Classroom, Schoology, or Microsoft Teams. Additionally, childcare is not as a big of a concern for older children, but what about elementary school students? Kids get a strength assessment and then suggested online and face-to-face activities. Schools being closed is nothing new. There are spring and winter breaks. There are snow days.

Rethinking Summative Assessment: Giving Students Voice and Choice

EdTechTeam

Think back to an assessment you took in your elementary years. The assessments you took were not that memorable; you probably didn’t have a lasting connection and there was absolutely no impact on you as a learner whatsoever.

10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices – Free Webinar

The CoolCatTeacher

In this session, we’ll share where we are now, emotional trauma and learning, how effective distance learning compares to face to face learning, how to take your class online, accessibility and equity, assessment, and project-based learning.

Initial Findings After Implementing Digital Student Portfolios in Elementary Classrooms

Reading By Example

We used three strategies to assess growth from fall to spring: Instructional walk trends, student engagement surveys, and digital student portfolios. It is worth noting that at the younger ages, there was also significant growth in their reading achievement as measures by interim assessments (running records). At the younger ages, our assessment system is built so that students are seeing steady progress with benchmark books. On Saturday, I shared why I was not at ISTE 2016.

Initial Findings After Implementing Digital Student Portfolios in Elementary Classrooms

Reading By Example

We used three strategies to assess growth from fall to spring: Instructional walk trends, student engagement surveys, and digital student portfolios. It is worth noting that at the younger ages, there was also significant growth in their reading achievement as measures by interim assessments (running records). At the younger ages, our assessment system is built so that students are seeing steady progress with benchmark books. On Saturday, I shared why I was not at ISTE 2016.

BombBomb is hands down the best way to upgrade your email game

iLearn Technology

Or, you could record a conferring session between you and their child so they can gain insight into your assessment process and student growth. What it is: BombBomb is an email service that lets you record and embed video directly in your email.

Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

And you know as well as I do that when kids get hold of a misconception, if we wait until there’s an assessment and then we catch it, it’s already so deeply rooted that it takes that much more time to undo it. There’s videos out there so that you can see what this actually looks like in a classroom, whether it’s early childhood, middle childhood, if it’s secondary. Karen Vogelsang has taught elementary school in Memphis, Tennessee for fourteen years.

Teaching isn’t Rocket Science – It’s Way More Complex

The CoolCatTeacher

You want to make sure that your formative assessments are based on where the student is at, not some kind of standard that every student in your classroom has to jump through. After teaching chemistry, physics, and computer science, I became an administrator for the next 30 years with experience at the secondary, central office, and elementary levels. In 2006 I gave up my job as an elementary principal to care for my wife who had Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The Vocabulary Doctors: How to Teach Vocabulary

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Angela Peery has been an educator 31 years and has served as a secondary English teacher, secondary administrator, instructional coach, turnaround specialist, curriculum developer, and consultant. She regularly contributes literacy insights at Dr. Kimberly’s Literacy Blog and has collaborated in writing classroom curriculum and language arts sections as well as chairing the Elementary Reading National Evaluation Preparation Committee for Pearson Education.

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10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Morningside College and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota. She is also a former teacher and principal, leading one of the first elementary STEM schools in the state of Iowa.

Balance with Blended Learning is Available Now!

Catlin Tucker

On the other side of this tension are secondary teachers with 150+ students. Most secondary teachers are still employing a teacher-centric approach to their jobs. I wrote this book primarily for secondary teachers.

Wednesday Inspiration

iLearn Technology

If you are interested in student voice, starting a school, inquiry, customized assessment solutions, building community, learner profiles, individualized education, 1:1 BYOD environments, learning excursions, professional development that transforms, re-imagined classroom space, design thinking, maker spaces, mentorship, or project-based learning, you will not want to miss this conference! If you have never had the privilege of hearing Angela Maiers speak, you are missing out!

A conference about what is sacred in education: 5Sigma Edu Con

iLearn Technology

With the help of an incredible staff, we’ve created a place where: we begin with students, inquiry rules the learning process, learning is hands-on and experiential, we have a living curriculum, we use space as a ‘third teacher,’ we help our students excel by eliminating tests/grades/homework, we’ve transformed assessment, we customize the learning experience for every learner. There are a lot of options for professional development.

Digital Badges: credentialing the things that make us fully human

iLearn Technology

It is not a replacement for assessment. Anastasis uses e-portfolios together with our assessment system to help students remember and reflect on their learning journey. Anastasis Academy education reform Evaluate inspiration Middle/High School Open Source Primary Elementary professional development Secondary Elementary Teacher Resources web tools Web2.0 Two weeks ago, I attended the Digital Badge Summit in Denver, CO.

Common Core Assessment 20x More Expensive? What Can Edtech Do?

Question Tank

The forthcoming Common Core (CC) Assessments are the next generation of standardized tests in the US, and will meet the testing frequency requirements of the most recent version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act also known as No Child Left Behind unless congress should act to change this, which is most unlikely.

Common Core Assessment 20x More Expensive? What Can Edtech Do?

Question Tank

The forthcoming Common Core (CC) Assessments are the next generation of standardized tests in the US, and will meet the testing frequency requirements of the most recent version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act also known as No Child Left Behind unless congress should act to change this, which is most unlikely.

Using Agency to Empower Students: What is Sacred in Education? #5Sigma

iLearn Technology

Re-imagining assessment? 5Sigma Anastasis Academy Classroom Management education reform Middle/High School Primary Elementary professional development Secondary Elementary Teacher Resources 5sigma colorado conference education learning pdWe are in full on count down mode for our yearly education conference, 5Sigma. This year our theme is Using Agency to Empower Students: What is Sacred in Education. I could not be more excited for our third annual conference!

What makes your school/PD/conference different?

iLearn Technology

We can’t assess in a way that minimizes the individual and the learning journey that is happening. Anastasis Academy education reform For Teachers inspiration Middle/High School Primary Elementary professional development Secondary Elementary Subject Teacher Resources 5sigma angela maiers bodo hoenen conference culture curriculum early bird pricing education individualization learning pd save now students with names teaching

“What if we started a school?” – Come see us in action!

iLearn Technology

What if we redesigned assessment and ditched tests? Learning > Assessment: Embedding Stories that Empower Learning. How might we reimagine our assessment practices to better embed stories in the data? How might we give our assessment practices an “upGrade” to better empower students as learners? In this session, we’ll explore the purpose of assessment and identify those elements that help us better tell the stories of learning.

OPINION: The pandemic will leave struggling readers even further behind

The Hechinger Report

Scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress stagnated, with children lacking even basic proficiency by the end of third grade. Neuman was the assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education under former President George W.

Flipgrid for every classroom

iLearn Technology

Flipgrid is also a great way to build a growth mindset and self-assessment. Analyze Apply collaboration Create Evaluate Foreign Language Fun & Games Geography Government History Inquiry iPod Knowledge (remember) Language Arts Maker Space Math Middle/High School Music Primary Elementary Science Secondary Elementary Social Studies Teacher Resources Technology Understand (describe, explain) video Video Tutorials web tools Web2.0

How to make your year more awesome

iLearn Technology

A fresh approach to assessment- Explore the goals of assessment and how we’ve re-thought assessment. 5Sigma Anastasis Academy For Teachers Middle/High School Primary Elementary professional development Secondary Elementary Teacher Resources 5sigma conference pdThis week at Anastasis, we watched Kid President’s rules for being more awesome in this new year: “What if all made it our resolution to make this year awesome for somebody else?”

To test or not to test? Educators weigh the value of standardized testing during a pandemic

The Hechinger Report

Kline said she’s confident more students will take the end-of-year tests in March and April, when the city’s elementary schools are scheduled to be open to all students. Students in a third-grade class at a California elementary school participate in silent reading.

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Woot Math: Adaptive learning for fractions and decimals

iLearn Technology

Here you can print out student login cards, assign an initial topic, and the program will adaptively generate and assess thousands of interactive problems. What it is: Woot Math uses adaptive technology to personalize the math learning experience in new ways for 3rd-6th grade students. With a focus on fractions and decimals, Woot Math allows students many inroads to understanding.

Metanoia- the journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self, or way of life (basically what #edu is all about!)

iLearn Technology

What we actually end up with is new standards, new curricula (usually replacing one one-size-fits-all with another one-size-fits-all), new technology initiatives, more professional development, added “rigorous” expectations, new standardized tests, new assessment systems, and new buzz words. The problem with education reform is that we keep attempting to change surface level systems and hoping for deep systemic change as a result.

How Do We Stop Illiterate Educators?

My Island View

An influx of digitally educated teachers would go a long way in changing the culture of elementary and secondary schools in regard to their acceptance and priorities concerning new tools for learning and the integration of technology and education. We are now better than fifteen years into the 21 st Century and educators are still discussing what role technology plays in education.

Prodigy: Virtual world of math

iLearn Technology

From the teacher dashboard, you can use the assessment feature to diagnose where students are, and align math content to what you are teaching in class. Knowledge (remember) Math Middle/High School Primary Elementary Secondary Elementary Teacher Resources Understand (describe, explain) Websites differentiate games geometry mathematics number sense numeracy play probability prodigy scaffold spatial sense virtual world wizards

Anatomy of a Learner Profile

iLearn Technology

Brain Dominance- Learning about a student’s preference in brain dominance allows us to make better decisions about how we design our classroom, how we design learning experiences, and how students will approach learning and assessment. Perhaps the most disheartening outcome of the systematization of education is the way that it dehumanizes classrooms. Emboldened by being ‘the best,’ our education system has become blinded to the individual. The student-with-a-name.

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A principal leaves his beloved school after an intense year

The Hechinger Report

Nationally, nearly half — 45 percent — of principals said that the pandemic has prompted them to start thinking about leaving the profession or sped up their plans to do so, according to a poll released last year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.