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Melanie E Smith commented on Scott Habeeb's blog post Using AFL to Overhaul Your Grading System
"I think this is a helpful article, and both elementary and secondary teachers will find it clarifying in many ways! I posted it to Facebook, too!  "
Nov 4, 2011
Melanie E Smith commented on Scott Habeeb's blog post AFL Article in Virginia Educational Leadership
"Congratulations, Scott, and thanks for sharing!"
Apr 5, 2011
Melanie E Smith commented on Scott Habeeb's blog post What we WANT students to do v. What we TRAIN students to do
"Great post! We need to be very careful of the language we use with our students... it says a lot about what we value and expect them to internalize as learners."
Dec 10, 2010
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"Thanks, Melanie, for sharing this. It shows how teachers don't have to change everything to feature AFL in their instruction. In many cases they just need to go about doing what they have always done - but with a renewed focus on assessing…"
Apr 8, 2010
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Scott Habeeb commented on Melanie E Smith's blog post Getting and Giving Student Feedback
"Thanks for sharing - good stuff!"
Jan 14, 2010
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Getting and Giving Student Feedback

Check out this article by Heather Rader on getting and giving student feedback, a concept that is central to AFL!Hmmmm... the hyperlink feature does not seem to be working! Here is the full text:Getting and Giving Student FeedbackHeather RaderI saved this quote from an email with the title "Why We Love Children":A little girl had just finished her first week of school. "I'm just wasting my time," she said to her mother.…See More
Jan 13, 2010
Kristen Franklin commented on Melanie E Smith's blog post Helping First Graders with Metacognition
"What a cute idea! I sometimes do the thumbs up or straight or down, but I like how having their fist close to their bodies helps them to feel like their responses are more "protected" or private."
Dec 2, 2009
Pamela Coffey commented on Melanie E Smith's blog post Helping First Graders with Metacognition
"I love this! Thanks for sharing it and explaining why it works. My first graders can do this and begin to monitor their understanding as well as report it to me in a genuine way! I'll be interested to see if they spontaneously make the gesture…"
Nov 19, 2009
Scott Habeeb commented on Melanie E Smith's blog post Helping First Graders with Metacognition
"Thanks for sharing this strategy, Melanie. I think (know) that it works well at many grade levels. BTW - metacognition is my favorite big word!"
Nov 18, 2009
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Helping First Graders with Metacognition

An important part of Assessment For Learning is helping students know "what they know" and "what they don't." For younger students (K-1), this is certainly a challenge. What follows is a nugget worth sharing from The Daily Five by Joan Moser and Gail Boushey...As teachers are modeling a particular procedure or strategy, or after students have practiced a technique, teachers ask the students to gauge their understanding or performance in the following way: "Hold your fist close to your heart to…See More
Nov 18, 2009
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Nov 11, 2009
Melanie E Smith replied to Scott Habeeb's discussion Misconceptions of AFL
"See my reply below!"
Sep 1, 2009
Melanie E Smith replied to Scott Habeeb's discussion Misconceptions of AFL
"The first document contains our scenarios/vignettes for AFL. In groups, our teachers looked at them and decided whether or not it was an example of AFL and explained why or why not. (Basically, if the scenario involves teachers using the information…"
Sep 1, 2009
Melanie E Smith replied to Scott Habeeb's discussion Elementary AFL Practices
"I keep a binder with sections for each of my 30+ students. During guided reading, I make notes about how well my students are using the strategies I've modeled for them. Before planning for that group again, I read over my notes to look for…"
Sep 1, 2009

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Getting and Giving Student Feedback

Posted on January 13, 2010 at 4:30pm 1 Comment

Check out this article by Heather Rader on getting and giving student feedback, a concept that is central to AFL!







Hmmmm... the hyperlink feature does not seem to be working! Here is the full text:



Getting and Giving Student Feedback

Heather Rader


I saved this quote from an email with the title "Why We Love Children":



A little girl had just finished her first… Continue

Helping First Graders with Metacognition

Posted on November 18, 2009 at 3:16pm 3 Comments

An important part of Assessment For Learning is helping students know "what they know" and "what they don't." For younger students (K-1), this is certainly a challenge. What follows is a nugget worth sharing from The Daily Five by Joan Moser and Gail Boushey...

As teachers are modeling a particular procedure or strategy, or after students have practiced a technique, teachers ask the students to gauge their understanding or performance in the following way: "Hold your fist close to… Continue

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At 10:01am on August 19, 2009, Scott Habeeb said…
Welcome to Assessment FOR Learning. Thanks for joining!

Please take a moment to introduce yourself on the Introductions Forum.

Feel free to add any ideas, blog posts, forum discussions, or videos that you think would be helpful to people as they are considering AFL in their classroom/schools.

If you have ideas for content that should be added, feel free to let me know.

Thanks again!
 
 
 

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