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Don Doehla

New Teacher Academy: Classroom Management | Edutopia - 44 views

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    The first blog post on Edutopia's new teacher academy - a series of many posts about the basics of teaching!
Tracy Tuten

How Can We Make Assessments Meaningful? | Edutopia - 170 views

  • Criteria for a Meaningful Classroom Assessment To address these requirements, I ask myself the following guided questions: Does the assessment involve project-based learning? Does it allow for student choice of topics? Is it inquiry based? Does it ask that students use some level of internet literacy to find their answers? Does it involve independent problem solving? Does it incorporate the 4Cs? Do the students need to communicate their knowledge via writing in some way? Does the final draft or project require other modalities in its presentation? (visual, oral, data, etc...)
  • So how can high-stakes assessments be meaningful to students? For one thing, high-stakes tests shouldn't be so high-stakes. It's inauthentic. They should and still can be a mere snapshot of ability. Additionally, those occasional assessments need to take a back seat to the real learning and achievement going on in every day assessments observed by the teacher. The key here, however, is to assess everyday. Not in boring, multiple-choice daily quizzes, but in informal, engaging assessments that take more than just a snapshot of a student's knowledge at one moment in time. But frankly, any assessment that sounds cool can still be made meaningless. It's how the students interact with the test that makes it meaningful. Remember the 4 Cs and ask this: does the assessment allow for: Creativity Are they students creating or just regurgitating? Are they being given credit for presenting something other than what was described? Collaboration Have they spent some time working with others to formulate their thoughts, brainstorm, or seek feedback from peers? Critical Thinking Are the students doing more work than the teacher in seeking out information and problem solving? Communication Does the assessment emphasize the need to communicate the content well? Is there writing involved as well as other modalities? If asked to teach the content to other students, what methods will the student use to communicate the information and help embed it more deeply?
  • Another way to ensure that an assessment is meaningful, of course, is to simply ask the students what they thought. Design a survey after each major unit or assessment. Or, better yet, if you want to encourage students to really focus on the requirements on a rubric, add a row that's only for them to fill out for you. That way, the rubric's feedback is more of a give-and-take, and you get feedback on the assessment's level of meaningfulness as soon as possible.
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  • Download the example (left) of a quick rubric I designed for a general writing assessment. I included a row that the participants could fill out that actually gave me quick feedback on how meaningful or helpful they believed the assessment was towards their own learning.
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    Worthwhile article on designing meaningful assessments
iokera …

How to Develop Positive Classroom Management | Edutopia - 87 views

  • nly by building positive relationships within the school
  • while 80 percent said that classroom-management training, conflict resolution, guidance counseling, and mediation are effective for improving discipline.
  • Agree on Classroom Rules at the Beginning of the Year
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  • engaging students actively in the process of determining a set of class rules
  • "What do you want to get out of class today?"
  • "Have each kid give a short answer. It's a way to communicate with them.
  • Be Consistent About Expectations
  • school staff should work together as much as possible to foster consistency in expectations, and discipline methods, throughout the school
  • Reinforce Appropriate Behavior
  • "It's not about 'Gotcha
  • correcting students is the weakest way of teaching rules
  • Maintain Student Dignity
  • "A school in which students and teachers don't feel safe creates a fearful environment
  • Be Neutral, Not Accusatory
  • ask what happened, opening the way for students to tell their story.
  • Look for the Cause
  • Establish a Fairness Committe
  • teachers let them tell their side of the story to the committee and, hopefully, make amends
  • "What happened?" and "Who else has been affected?" to "What do you need to do now to repair the harm?"
Liane St. Laurent

Edutopia | K-12 Education Tips & Strategies That Work - 16 views

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    great educational web site for support articles
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    Nice collection of back to school tips from our friends at Edutopia.
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