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 … More Classroom Assessment – Broken down into a simple Q&A
I hope all educators would agree on the importance of formative assessment. What we might disagree on is the method for assessing. Maybe you have your “quizzes” all made up from previous years. Maybe your district requires everyone to administer the same assessments. Or maybe, you are always looking for new (and engaging) ways to … More Five Favorite Formative Assessment Tools
As I watched this YouTube video by Christ Betcher, my mind started jumping to all of the possible ways to use Google Image Maps in different classrooms. Here were my ideas: Reading/English classes (any age) – Students can create a drawing (or insert a picture) containing main characters from the passage. They could link … More Google Image Maps
I’m a people-pleaser. I’ve been told that by many people (again already this morning, actually). When I was a student that translated into being a high-achieving teacher-pleaser. I was a good test taker. I took good notes, I studied, and I crammed right up until the paper tests were passed out. I got good grades, got … More Quality #assessments – Final Exams?
It seems like I have been inundated with assessments since my first day as a new curriculum director. First it was being trained (and then training) on mClass and Acuity. How do we give the assessment? How do we read the reports? How do we use the reports to guide classroom instruction and RtI? Then, … More Assessments…what’s the point?