Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding, Testing and Assessments

Assessing Conceptual Understanding

Assessing for deep understanding and higher order thinking is not easy. It's oh-so-much easier to assess for factual recall. But it's worth doing. Combining the work of Dr. Erickson and Dr. Lanning on concept-based curriculum and instruction with the work of Dr. Susan Brookhart on assessment, we've been able to come up with some decent examples of… Continue reading Assessing Conceptual Understanding

Stage 5: Students as World Changers, Testing and Assessments

Throwback Thursday: But we have to focus on “the test”…

 Many of us are in the throes of testing season, and with many schools implementing the new CCSS aligned tests for the first time, it is bound to be a month of fret and anxiety. I remember administrators at my previous school declaring "no field trips in April" because preparing for the big state test… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: But we have to focus on “the test”…

Stage 5: Students as World Changers

Using Math to Save the World

Although we seldom talk about them on the blog, our husbands are big supporters and contributors to Ed to Save the World. All three of them have backgrounds in education and their advice, expertise, and humor are invaluable to our operation. This week, we're proud to feature Craig Ferraro's "Statistical Servants," which refers to the big… Continue reading Using Math to Save the World

Testing and Assessments

Throwback Thursday: 7 Tools for Authentic Assessments

Although I haven't formally run the stats, I'm pretty sure this is our most popular post of all time. And it's no secret why: assessment is HARD, and it drives so many other things we do as educators. If you've been struggling to assess differently, here are a few thoughts to help out this week.… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: 7 Tools for Authentic Assessments

Testing and Assessments

How would your priorities change?

  One of the purposes of this blog is to push our thinking beyond our current boundaries. So, today I wonder how our priorities would change if we measured only two things: 1) How fulfilled are the lives of our students and alumni? 2) What impact are they making on the world? Sound too idealistic?… Continue reading How would your priorities change?

Stage 2: Active Processing

Ready-to-go Resources for the Thinking Classroom

Everyone loves a printable!  Check out these two ready-to-go resources for active processing. 1. Choose Your Own Adventure Graphic Organizer Need a way to help kids process the relationship between ideas or concepts in your class?  Try asking students to choose which graphic organizer best fits those ideas.  Are you discussing two ideas that are… Continue reading Ready-to-go Resources for the Thinking Classroom

Stage 5: Students as World Changers

Think About: Making Passion Count

What would happen if…. we measured passion, purpose and joy instead of skills and content? What would happen if instead of judging our schools based on test scores and passing rates, we evaluated them based on their ability inspire students’ passion, help students shape their purpose and create joyful learning communities?  What would happen? Seem… Continue reading Think About: Making Passion Count

Stage 5: Students as World Changers

Try This – A New Kind of Rubric

Just like we need to rethink accountability for 21st century, we also need to reimagine how we assess students in our own classrooms. To take a step in that direction, check out these innovative assessment tools! Measuring Creativity - The Buck Institute created this rubric for measuring creativity and innovation.  It’s aligned to CCSS to… Continue reading Try This – A New Kind of Rubric

Testing and Assessments

Hate grading? Have the kids do it!

What's my grade?This is my least favorite question. Luckily, it rarely comes up during the first week of school. During the first week, maybe two, we're still in the honeymoon period where it hasn't dawned on kids that I may be evaluating their work and that there may be a number in a spreadsheet somewhere determining… Continue reading Hate grading? Have the kids do it!

Stage 4: Disciplinary Thinking, Testing and Assessments

Assessing disciplinary thinking 101

By now you've been asking students to think like disciplinarians for quite some time. You've modeled for them with a think aloud. You've asked them to coach each other using discipline specific questions. You've designed activities and discussions to help them learn to behave like experts in your field. How can you assess if they've… Continue reading Assessing disciplinary thinking 101