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Amy Burns

ollie4: Article: Attributes from Effective Formative Assessment (CCSSO) - 13 views

  • n addition to teacher feedback, when students and their peers are involved there are many more opportunities to share and receive feedback.
    • Amy Burns
       
      I think we leave peer and self-assessment behind in the quest to accomplish all that is required in a 45 minute class period. There are so many online tools and formats that might fill the need for increased peer and self-assessment. Why not encourage backchannel reflections during a presentation? A site such as http://www.chatzy.com/advanced.htm might be one way for this to be accomplished.
Amy Burns

Building A Better Mousetrap: The Rubric Debate - 7 views

  • When instructors do not explicitly delineate the qualities of thought that they are looking for while grading, they reduce learning to a hit or miss endeavor, where “assessment remains an isolated […] activity and the success of the learner is mostly incidental”
    • Amy Burns
       
      If only some of my instructors would have heard of this when I was younger...'I coulda been somebody!' Isn't it common sense that teachers should be upfront with students regarding expectations?
Amy Burns

ollie4: Educational Leadership: The Quest for Quality - 5 views

  • For instance, if students will be the users of the results because the assessment is formative, then teachers must provide the results in a way that helps students move forward. Specific, descriptive feedback linked to the targets of instruction and arising from the assessment items or rubrics communicates to students in ways that enable them to immediately take action, thereby promoting further learning.
    • Amy Burns
       
      I am going to play devil's advocate here.....how can we motivate students to take action in order to promote learning if that is not within their goals? I agree that descriptive feedback linked to targets will give more meaning to the assessment, but in all reality, don't we often deal with students who can't see the reason for the writing?
  • Teachers should design the assessment so students can use the results to self-assess and set goals. A mechanism should be in place for students to track their own progress on learning targets and communicate their status to others.
    • Amy Burns
       
      Self-assessment is a vital step in setting personal goals. How many of our students have actually been asked to look deeply into their skill set? Would many students willingly "communicate their status to others?" Hmmmmm
Amy Burns

Educational Leadership:Multiple Measures:The Quest for Quality - 9 views

    • Amy Burns
       
      Devil's Advocate at work here....in a perfect world, our assessments would inspire students to WANT to improve, but in reality, can a rubric really do that in and of itself?
  • Given the rise in testing, especially in light of a heightened focus on using multiple measures, it's increasingly important to address two essential components of reliable assessments: quality and balance.
    • Amy Burns
       
      Agreed. Now, if multiple measures are indeed so important, why are we still so mired in the standardized tests to judge success?
Amy Burns

Not Your Father's School - 3 views

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    Great "letter to new teachers" that is a good reminder for all of us in education.
Amy Burns

PrimaryPad - Superfunky collaborative writing for schools - 2 views

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    Looks like a good tool for collaboration online
Amy Burns

Classroom Guide: Top Ten Tips for Teaching with New Media | Edutopia - 6 views

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Amy Burns

Synchronous and Asynchronous Communication Tools - Articles - Resources - ASAE - 4 views

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    Great chart showing various tools for synchronous and asynchronous communication.
Amy Burns

How Online Education Is Changing the Way We Learn [INFOGRAPHIC] - 1 views

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    Impressive graphic....reinforces the need for classes such as the ones through OLLIE.
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