Sharing assessment & grading strategies that help students learn
Instructional practices based on the philosophy of Assessment FOR Learning (AFL) just make sense. End of story. To not practice AFL is to ignore how people learn. There really isn't room for debate as to whether or not one should practice AFL. Such a debate would be more appropriately titled "Should Teachers Care About Whether Or Not Students Learn: Yes or No."
I was reminded recently of AFL's centrality to learning when I met with Erik Largen for his summative evaluation.…Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on June 15, 2015 at 9:46am — No Comments
I love hearing from teachers who are diligently trying to put ideas into practice and who then open and honestly share their experiences. In this post, Kristin Manna, a 1st year math teacher from South Carolina, shares what she learned from her students.
I'm sure she'd love your feedback after you read her post!…Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on May 31, 2015 at 4:15pm — No Comments
The February 23, 2015, edition of Sports Illustrated, included Alexander Wolff's moving tribute to Dean Smith, the former UNC Men's Basketball coach who passed away on February 7. As a Demon Deacon and a Hokie, I've never been too fond of the Tarheels'…Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on March 4, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments
Math. Some people love Math and some people hate it. Some excel at it naturally while others struggle mightily. Some see it as a clear universal language, but for others it is is the embodiment of the Tower of Babel. Some see its usefulness, some do not. Some are indifferent, some are passionate. Some are scared of it, some are excited by it, and others plod along doing their best to understand it.
While Math usually elicits a…Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on January 20, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments
"I thought I could read my students' body language. I was wrong. As an experiment, I used Socrative when I taught binary numbers. What I learned forever changed my views on being a better teacher."
This quote from Vicki Davis, author of the Edutopia article linked below, is essential. As teachers we NEED formative assessment - or Assessment FOR…Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on January 19, 2015 at 12:34pm — No Comments
Salem High School Math teacher, Pawel Nazarewicz, has been using the JumpRope grade book this year as part of a pilot in our school division. (The division, as a whole, uses PowerTeacher from Pearson's PowerSchool.)
Our division and school are also exploring how the principles of Standards-Based Learning - as part of our ongoing Assessment FOR Learning journey - can increase student learning. Pawel, who never shies away from thinking outside the box, has found JumpRope to be a…Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on January 12, 2015 at 3:26pm — No Comments
If you are looking for some Assessment FOR Learning principles for discussion and reflection, check out this following blog post from Ken O'Connor.
As educators, we must be in a continuous state of professional growth through personal reflection. No matter how long you've been in education, this process is greatly aided by contemplating the ideas of others.
Ken O'Connor's ideas have been well thought out and well-researched. My guess is that for many of you they will be…Continue
Because Assessment FOR Learning principles are the basic principles of how people learn anything - from learning to walk to doing Algebra or from driving a car to writing an essay - I often find examples of AFL in everyday life. Here's an example I came across when reading the November 17, 2014, issue of Sports Illustrated.
Grant Wahl wrote an article entitled, The Toast of Munich, about Bayern Munich, one of Europe's great soccer clubs. In writing about their relatively new…Continue
This past year I was asked to lead a workshop on the topic of Assessment FOR Learning for a school division's teachers.
Teachers, tired from a long and full day of teaching/wrestling with children, filed into an auditorium for the "wonderful opportunity" of hearing me speak for about an hour and a half on the topic of formative assessment.
The topic of grading came up - as it always does when…Continue
One of the most common types of assessments used in the AFL classroom is the Exit Slip. AFL teachers find this type of feedback helpful as they assess how successful their lessons are, as they gather data for differentiation purposes, and as they seek to better meet student needs.
The following picture is one used by a teacher at Salem High School. She actually found it on Pinterest - one of the world's great educational resource depositories for sure! Take a look at the exit slip…Continue
Great teachers are constantly on a journey. It's a journey toward professional growth, toward perfecting their craft, and toward better meeting the needs of students. Salem High School Spanish teacher, Paola Brinkley, like so many Salem educators, exemplifies a teacher on this sort of journey.
For the past several years, Salem High School has been focusing on using assessment for the purposes of learning - rather than just for the purpose of…Continue
There are some exciting things going on in the Northeast these days with Standards Based Learning. Here is a link to a phenomenal list of SBL resources from the state of Vermont.
Thanks to the following educators for putting this together:…Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on September 5, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
This network is dedicated to promoting outstanding assessment practices - the kind of assessment practices that help students learn as opposed to simply documenting what they do or don't know. These types of practices are known as Assessment FOR Learning (AFL) strategies - an appropriate name since they are assessment strategies that lead to learning.
One set or type of AFL strategies are those that fall into the category of Standards Based Learning…Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on July 13, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments
This website is dedicated to promoting outstanding assessment practices - the kind of assessment practices that help students learn as opposed to simply documenting what they do or don't know. These types of practices are known as Assessment FOR Learning (AFL) strategies - an appropriate name since they are assessment strategies that lead to learning.
One set or type of AFL strategies are those that fall into the category of Standards Based Learning (SBL). SBL strategies are…Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on July 10, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments
Today, as I was reading one of my new favorite books, Teach Like A Pirate by Dave Burgess, I came across a metaphor that I'm sure will stick with me. It's the metaphor of the torpedo.
In his chapter "Ask and Analyze," Burgess shares a story he read in Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell…Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on June 23, 2014 at 1:56pm — No Comments
If you've read much on this Assessment FOR Learning site you're aware of the 4 components of The Heart of AFL. One of those key components is that students will use feedback to guide their own learning on both a short- and long-term basis.
This concept often causes educators to roll their eyes as they think to themselves, "No student of mine ever asked for feedback to…Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on June 17, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments
I came across this blog by Cassandra Erkens recently from a link on Twitter. I was reminded of 2 things:
I love how Erkens provides practical ideas for implementing AFL strategies into a classroom. More importantly, though, is how she helps teachers decide what to STOP doing in order to make…Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on June 6, 2014 at 1:46pm — No Comments
Often, the most profoundly powerful concepts are simple at their core. AFL is such a concept.
Doesn't it just make sense? If we want young people to learn content or skills, we need to gather feedback - and help them gather feedback - on how their doing in relation to specific standards and then use that feedback - and train them to use the feedback - to guide learning.
It's a lot like going to the doctor when you're sick. You tell the doctor what's wrong…Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on April 25, 2014 at 11:37am — No Comments
Ok - which would motivate you more... A chance to win a date with Angelina Jolie or a chance to win a date with Brad Pitt?
Weird question, right? I was watching a TV discussion about Hollywood's "most beautiful couple", and for some strange reason, I saw an educational corollary buried beneath it.
Here's the point: If you would be motivated by a chance to win a date with Angelina Jolie, then a chance to win a date with Brad Pitt probably wouldn't do much for…Continue
Here's an excellent resource created and shared by Pam Jimison. It's a great way to look at Assessment FOR Learning strategies. What would you add to her graphic?
Added by Scott Habeeb on March 24, 2014 at 10:34am — No Comments