Sharing assessment & grading strategies that help students learn
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Wow, Brenda - what have you not done? :) I'm looking forward to being at your principal's retreat tomorrow!
My name is Siobhan O'Connell. I am a French teacher in Salem, VA. As a foreign language teacher, I am particularly interested in the philosophy of Assessment FOR Learning. I would hope that internal motivation to learn a language other than one's own would be be widespread. I am aware, however, that in the USA, this poses more of a challenge. I am eager to learn from this site some cogent thoughts and helpful ideas about how I may achieve this in my classroom. :)))
Welcome aboard, Siobhan. Looking forward to having you at SHS this year. I'll be interested to hear your thoughts on those links I shared with you.
My name is Liz Phillips. I'm from Southwest Virginia, pretty much all the way to the Virginia-Tennessee state line--just north of Bristol. I've been a teacher at Wallace Middle School since 2003, and I'm beginning my fifth year of teaching seventh-graders. As a literacy specialist in the gen ed classroom, I have been reading your blogs since a National Writing Project leader at the 2010 NWP Annual Conference in Orlando suggested I pay attention to your Ning. By finally joining Assessment FOR Learning, I hope to assist more students so they reach their individual (and whole group) learning goals. I don't know that I have a lot of knowledge to share with others members; collaboration and interaction are two of the most powerful tools we can use when learning new concepts or when checking our understanding of what we (think we) know. Over time, I hope the principles shared on Assessment FOR Learning will become second nature so that my understanding is seamless and effective across the curriculum.
Thanks for joining, Liz. As I rely to your intro, I am sitting in a hotel in Abingdon, VA! What a coincidence!
I'm glad you've found the blogs helpful. It's nice to know that someone recommended this site to you. Feel free to post as you feel led. If I can ever help you out at all, just let me know!
Seeing how this afternoon's announcement of your visit to Abingdon has prompted me to officially join your Ning, I'm headed in the right direction. I enjoy analyzing my students' strengths and needs (using stats and/or qualitative methods) so I can design lessons that help students enjoy learning. With all the changes to Language Arts, it is an excellent time to evaluate best practices, assessment methods, and student empowerment. Your visit will help me work smarter and facilitate deeper understanding of how assessment can be used to enrich learning/mastery on multiple levels.
Thanks for joining, Beth, and for introducing yourself. As you develop your school improvement plan I can think of no better pedagogical focus than implementing AFL strategies into your classrooms. Here is an example of the type of impact that can have: http://salemafl.ning.com/profiles/blogs/evidence-of-afl-s-impact-on...
Let me know if I can help at all!
Hi there. I am Cathy Smith and I teach in Smyth County, VA at Chilhowie Middle School. The subjects that I teach are Math 8 and Algebra 1. I hope all have a wonderful school year.
Thanks, Cathy. I look forward to visiting your school next week.
I am Ron Cahill a teacher at Chilhowie Middle School. We are using AFL as part of our professional develoment for the year. I have been a middle school teacher for 27 years.Our state just added student assessment as part of our evaluation placing much more emephasis on student success.
Thanks, Ron, for introducing yourself. I look forward to visiting your school next week!