The 2008-2009 school year was my school
and school system
's first year exploring Assessment FOR Learning/Formative Assessment. It was definitely a learning year for all of us.
Over the summer of 2009 I spent some time thinking back on what I had learned about AFL during the year. I thought about conversations that had occurred on our school's AFL Committee. I thought about time…
Added by Scott Habeeb on February 7, 2010 at 6:30pm —
If we can use AFL strategies to get students to monitor their own progress and to use feedback to guide their learning, then we have truly accomplished something. Here is an example of how that might be done. This specific example is for a French 2 class. However, it's really a vocabulary example and could be used in any classroom where vocabulary was being taught. Actually, it could probably be applied many more situations than just vocabulary.
Each student receives a Progress Check… Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on January 29, 2010 at 12:00pm —
Here are a few questions you can ask yourself as you evaluate whether or not AFL principles are present in your classroom:
1. Did I leave class today with the assessment data/info I need to know for sure how well my students - as a group and/or individually - understood the lesson I just taught them?
2. Did my students leave class today with the assessment data/info they need to know for sure how well they understood the lesson I taught them?
Added by Scott Habeeb on January 28, 2010 at 9:30pm —
I just had an opportunity to watch AFL principles being applied in an interesting manner in a teacher’s classroom.
The teacher is Lewis Armistead
. The class is Advanced Algebra/Trig. This class is dual enrolled with Virginia Western Community College
and includes Math students ranging from pretty strong to our strongest.
Today is the final… Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on January 27, 2010 at 4:00pm —
Not necessarily directly AFL related, but here is a quick video that you might find useful. It's about creating Google Custom Searches
. The video was made with Jing
Just click on the link below:
Using Google Custom Search (made with Jing)
Added by Scott Habeeb on December 22, 2009 at 12:30pm —
I was in a workshop today with members of our Central Office and teachers and administrators from each school in our school system
. The purpose of the workshop was to apply AFL to our division's AFL endeavors. Today we assessed each school's progress with AFL and our division's progress as a whole. We had discussions and made plans for how we need to move forward based on how things have or haven't been going so far. So we assessed our… Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on December 9, 2009 at 10:00pm —
As teachers attempt to incorporate AFL strategies into their daily practices it is helpful to have criteria to determine the "AFL-ishness" of an activity. Here are two (but by no means the only) questions a teacher can ask to reflect on how a specific activity falls in line with AFL principles.
1. Did the activity I did in class today allow my students to leave my room knowing what they need to know, what they do and don't know, and what they need to do to improve?
2. Did… Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on December 7, 2009 at 11:41am —
This post is excerpted from an article written by Stephen Chappuis and Richard Stiggins. It was originally published in Educational Leadership in 2002 and was then reprinted in the book, Assessment FOR Learning: An Action Guide for School Leaders. While professional reading can sometimes be dry, Chappuis and Stiggins really capture the heart of AFL. This excerpt can be used by a school as… Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on December 2, 2009 at 4:30pm —
Rubrics are a great way to help students learn from their mistakes and to assess their own knowledge (#5 and #6 of the 6 Key AFL Ideas
In the typical high school setting, rubrics are most commonly used by English teachers to show students how they will be grading essays/papers. Other teachers will sometimes… Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on November 12, 2009 at 4:36pm —
My school system - City of Salem Schools, VA
- has undergone a lengthy process to determine what types of social networking should be available on our system's network. Until recently, all social networks were blocked by our filter.
After much discussion and exploration, it was decided that social networking would be open for all faculty members. Faculty members would be treated as professionals who are able to use social… Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on November 11, 2009 at 4:49pm —
As a teacher, have you ever experienced anything similar to the following scenario:
You teach your course content over a period of time. The day before your big test you have a review activity of some sort. The review activity is a good one. It goes well, but during the activity you realize that your students don’t know the material all that well. Considering the number of days you spent covering it, you would have thought they would have known it better by now. The next day on the… Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on October 30, 2009 at 2:08pm —
As I have come to comprehend better what Assessment FOR Learning truly means and how its principles can be applied, I find myself regularly thinking about how I would do things differently if I were still in the classroom. After recently observing Paola Brinkley
, one of our school
’s Spanish teachers, I realized yet another former practice of mine that I… Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on October 22, 2009 at 4:30pm —
This doesn't directly relate to Assessment FOR Learning, but it will be helpful to teachers trying to bring different resources into the classroom.
YouTube is full of wonderful video clips to use in a classroom. There are 2 problems with YouTube, though.
1. Some schools block it
2. Sometimes a slow network will make it difficult or impossible to watch a video
The solution is to download the videos to your computer (this can be done at home if your school… Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on October 13, 2009 at 12:30pm —
A criticism of Assessment FOR Learning is that along with it comes pressure to make sure that students’ grades increase. In other words, some have been concernerd that AFL might lead to grade inflation.
I would hope that no school would ever encourage grade inflation while it encourages its teachers to try AFL techniques. I think that that the concern over grade inflation is probably first and foremost a misunderstanding about the purpose of AFL.
The primary goal of AFL is… Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on October 12, 2009 at 9:00pm —
I would imagine that many Physical Education teachers must feel as though much of the professional development activities and workshops in schools do not apply to them. Typically, discussions of state standards and NCLB expectations dominate these discussions. While these apply to PE, they apply in a different manner than they do in a core area classroom. And let’s face it, PE is a very different world from the typical classroom. PE teachers are dealing with a completely different environment… Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on October 9, 2009 at 8:00am —
I plan to create a series of posts that will help teachers better understand AFL so that they can apply AFL ideas into their classrooms. One way to do this is to define what AFL isn’t.
AFL isn’t replacing quiz grades with test grades. However, replacing quiz grades with test grades could be AFL – does that make sense? Here’s what I mean:
When a good AFL idea is shared with a faculty it is very easy for people to begin to see that idea as a definition of AFL instead of one… Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on October 7, 2009 at 10:00pm —
I’d like to share a recent AFL experience from three different perspectives – that of a school administrator, that of a parent, and that of a student.
My daughter is a freshman taking Algebra 2. While she typically does very well in math, she has a tendency to start slowly. She is often somewhat overwhelmed by new concepts. It takes her a little bit to gain confidence in a new math class.
Kaitlin received a C on her first Algebra 2 quiz of the school year and after a week… Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on October 4, 2009 at 10:00pm —
My position at SHS provides me with opportunities to study data. While this might sound boring to many, it actually can be fairly enlightening and interesting - especially if you have a geeky side like I do...
This past spring as I studied data from the 2008-09 school year I noticed something. SHS had had an incredible year. As usual our numbers at the top were tremendous. IB tests results, dual enrollment numbers, etc - these were great as always and yet another testament to the… Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on September 2, 2009 at 10:14am —