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

    • jalfaro
       
      We must respect our students and involve them in all of the past mysteries regarding teaching and learning. It should not be an I/you situation--"we" is the pronoun of choice for classroom success.
  • However, for students to be actively and successfully involved in their own learning, they must feel that they are bona fide partners in the learning process.
    • jalfaro
       
      Too often we use "I" and "you" when we should be using "we."
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Building A Better Mousetrap: The Rubric Debate - 7 views

  • Latin for “red”
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      thinking of that red pen that makes my papers bleed...ouch!
  • reliably score
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      this still takes time and practice...it won't happen instantly after the creation of a new rubric...having examples to refer to helps keep the scorers on the same level
  • on what students have actually learned rather than what they have been taught,
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      the focus should always be on the student...the content comes second...truly teach your students and the content will follow
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  • The instructor’s comments on papers and tests are done after rather than before the writing, so they cannot serve as guidelines, compromising the value of writing comments at all.
    • jalfaro
       
      begin with the end in mind...it's how I function best!
  • raise the need of remediation
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      and now there's a current study covering for-profit colleges' success rates and federal student loan defaults...it is imperative that we guide the students towards success...colleges can't afford to just weed out the undesirables without being held accountable in some manner
  • state writing test,
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      this is very common in states like Florida where FCAT Writing is pushed from 3rd grade until 10th grade...that 5 paragraph format must be mastered if the student ever expects to graduate! Sad, but true!
  • Rubrics, Halden-Sullivan contends, reduce “deep learning” to “checksheets.”
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      I would argue that large class sizes do the same...rubrics helped me survive through having too many students and too many essays to grade. Keep class sizes under control and give teachers adequate prep time and we'd be more than willing to provide deep and reflective feedback to each and every student.
  • A holistic rubric
    • jalfaro
       
      How is this any different than A-F grading?
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Educational Leadership:Multiple Measures:The Quest for Quality - 9 views

  • new levels of testing that include benchmark, interim, and common assessments.
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      And I wonder how much Professional Development teachers (new and old) have been given to support them as they face the new assessment expectations. I think too much is taken for granted...teachers need training if all of this testing and data is to make a real difference for our students.
  • the use of multiple measures does not, by itself, translate into high-quality evidence.
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      Exactly! More is necessarily better.
  • and the students themselves
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      I think that we often forget about this part of the equation! I remember all too often getting a computer generated page back with test results that I couldn't understand and I'm sure that this is still happening nationwide. We must not forget that our jargon must be translated to the student and the parent so that all stakeholders are on the same page.
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  • test plan.
    • jalfaro
       
      And how often do we as teachers fly by the seat of our pants?
  • noise distractions
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      I once had to ask that they stop mowing the grass just outside my classroom window while my students took the FCAT Reading test in Florida...minor details like this can make a HUGE difference for the kids testing! I couldn't believe that my administrators hadn't considered all of the details.
  • assessment literate
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      something else that I think is often taken for granted....
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Perry's Principles - Special Coverage on CNN.com - 0 views

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    Steve Perry covered "Khan Academy" over the weekend...FREE online learning for ALL students!
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Prezi - Presentation Software - 2 views

shared by jalfaro on 27 Sep 10 - Cached
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    Moving beyond PowerPoint...
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online1: Iowa Online Teaching Standards - 43 views

shared by jalfaro on 05 Sep 10 - Cached
  • Utilizes a course evaluation and student feedback data to improve the course (Varvel VI.F)
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      This step is crucial. It's very tempting to set up a course and never touch it again. Given the constantly changing online environment, it is even more necessary to stay current with a regularily-scheduled course review process.
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