The #1 Reason Formative Assessment is Imperative to Learning

Previously, I wrote a post featuring some of my favorite formative assessment tools.  They are pretty simple and fairly well-known, and yet, I received many thanks from talented teachers for the list.  I also hear, often, of formative and summative assessments being confused.  That led me to write a very simplistic comparison of the two.  Then,

Five Reasons I Love My Job

This past summer I made the switch from public school educator to entrepreneur.  I get to use my years of experience as a classroom teacher and district-level curriculum director to impact schools around our country as an educational consultant and trainer.  I just returned (in the wee hours of the morning) from a work trip in

Rock star, Movie Star, or Me?

What a week!  I just spent three, jam-packed days with teachers and students in Round Rock ISD, in Texas.  I first met “my” group of nineteen teachers and ten instructional technology specialists in September at a whole-group “kick-off”.  These teachers are in their first or second year of technology integration, and the ITSs support them.

There’s Power in Your Story

I saw this image somewhere earlier this month. It immediately struck a chord with me, but not in the manner the creator probably intended.  The thing is, our past has directly impacted our story, and because of that will always have power in our lives.  Instead of shunning it, take the power and use it

Classroom Assessment – Broken down into a simple Q&A

Q: What does it mean to assess?   A: Assessing is simply taking a measurement of progress, knowledge, or mastery. Q: How do formative and summative assessments differ? A: Formative assessments are used periodically throughout the instructional/learning process to determin progress.  Summative assessments are given at the end of a unit of instruction to show mastery. Q: Why might a